SAMUEL "GATTY" SELLARS - PROGRAM SIGNED 04/27/1937 - HFSID 140204
Sale Price $162.00
The world-famed English organist-composer signs this concert program in pencil
Program Signed: "Gatty Sellars/April 27, 1937" in black ink. 6¼x9½. 4 Pages. Gatty Sellars was an organist and composer from England. He arrived in the United States after playing before an audience of fifty thousand people at the Crystal Palace, London, for the National Band Festival "The world's greatest Band Festival in the world's greatest Exhibition Building". He was the only organist-composer to be filmed playing his own descriptive compositions. In over two thousand five hundred recitals in seven years, on the world's largest organs, Gatty Sellars appeared on more instruments than any living organist and attracted the largest audiences known, for an organ recital, in the history of most of the cities visited. At Buenos Aires no less than nine appearances were made. Even then hundreds were unable to gain admission to the St. John's Pro-Cathedral, a remarkable achievement for a single artist. He was engaged in Europe to perform for records of his organ compositions, after Paderewski had previously played for the Pianoforte records, and in America where Joseph Hofman was the pianist engaged for the purpose. In both Europe and America he was thus announced with the world's highest salaried instrumental artists. The Columbia Graph phone Catalogue stated: "Gatty Sellars is admitted the World's Master Descriptive Organist. As a composer of tone-poems for the 'King of Instruments', he stands alone". His organ compositions that are performed by organists of repute and leading bands in all countries are too many. Pencil notations (unknown hand). Lightly tones, creased and worn. Otherwise, fine condition.
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