SIR EUGENE GOOSSENS - AUTOGRAPH 2/1932 CO-SIGNED BY: SERGE ALEXANDROVICH KOUSSEVITZKY, RICHARD BURGIN, JEAN BEDETI, JANET GOOSENS - HFSID 29547
SIR EUGENE GOOSSENS, JANET GOOSSENS, SERGE KOUSSEVITZKY, RICHARD BURGIN and JEAN BEDETI The accomplished classical musicians sign their names in black ink Signature(s): "Serge Koussevitzky", "Richard Burgin", "Jean Bedeti", "Eugene Goossens/Feb. 1932" and "Janet Goossens
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SIR EUGENE GOOSSENS, JANET GOOSSENS, SERGE KOUSSEVITZKY, RICHARD BURGIN and JEAN BEDETI
The accomplished classical musicians sign their names in black ink
Signature(s): "Serge Koussevitzky", "Richard Burgin", "Jean Bedeti", "Eugene Goossens/Feb. 1932" and "Janet Goossens". Also written on verso in unknown hand: "With best greetings to Mr. and Mrs./Huntington, and the remembrance of/such a happy evening in their/charming home - Florence Stage/Feb. 1932." 9½x6½. Captioned at top: "Season 1931-1932". SIR EUGENE GOOSSENS (1893-1962) was an English conductor and composer. He was a violinist with Thomas Beecham's Queen's Hall Orchestra from 1912 to 1915 and as an assistant conductor starting in 1916 before forming his own orchestra in 1921. Goossens conducted several orchestras over the ensuing 35 years, including the Sydney Symphony in Australia from 1947 to 1956, and was knighted in 1955. However, he resigned from the Sydney Symphony and all his other positions in 1956 after it was revealed that he had had an intense affair with artist and occultist Rosaleen Norton, aka "The Witch of King's Cross". Goossens also composed two symphonies, two works for string quartet, two violin sonatas, a concertino for octet and two operas. He also wrote the wartime Fanfare for the Common Man in 1942. JANET GOOSSENS is probably Janet Lewis, Goossen's second of three wives, to whom he was married from 1930 to 1944. Russian-born SERGE KOUSSEVITZKY (1874-1951), who became a U. S. citizen in 1941, was already a recognized bassist, composer and conductor in Europe at the beginning of the 20th century. After the Russian Revolution, he remained in his native country for a time, as music director of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, but then left Russia for Paris and then the US. The long-time music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra (1924-1949), Koussevitzky championed modern works and developed the BSO's summer concerts and teaching programs at Tanglewood. Polish-born RICHARD BURGIN (1892-1981) was an American violinist who first performed in public at age 11. He is most often associated with the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO), which hired him in 1920 as concertmaster and from which he retired after the 1961-1962 season. He also conducted over 300 BSO concerts. Lightly toned at edges. Jagged at left edge. Otherwise, fine condition.
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