SIR THOMAS BEECHAM - AUTOGRAPH CO-SIGNED BY: SIR JOHN BARBIROLLI - HFSID 207233
Sale Price $162.00
THOMAS BEECHAM and JOHN BARBIROLLI
English conductors both sign their name in blue ink
Signature: "Thomas Beecham" and on verso, "John Barbirolli", 7¾x5. Barbirolli's signature dated 1941 in Los Angeles, California. Sir Thomas Beecham (1879-1961) founded two orchestras:the London Philharmonic Orchestra in 1932 and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in 1946. At the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, he held the posts of Artistic Director from 1932 and General Director from 1935 to 1939. Spending the war years in America, he made his Metropolitan Opera debut in January 1942, conducting 58 performances over three seasons. Beecham was a prolific recording artist with hundreds of recordings. He conducted his last operas in Buenos Aires in 1958 and died in London in 1961. British maestro Barbirolli (1899-1970), who was born into a family of Italian musicians (his father conducted the Empire Theatre Orchestra and his grandfather was a concert violinist), began his musical career as a violinist and cellist. At age 16, he became the youngest member of the Queen's Hall Orchestra. In 1926, he formed the Barbirolli String Orchestra, beginning his career as a conductor. That year, he was also named conductor of the Scottish National Orchestra and the Northern Philharmonic of Leeds. In 1936, he was asked to succeed Arturo Toscanini as conductor of the New York Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra for a seven-week trial period. Barbirolli remained with the orchestra until 1943, returning to England that year to conduct the Hallé Orchestra (1943-1968), which he developed into Europe's finest orchestra. He retired from the Hallé Orchestra as Conductor Laureate for Life. Barbirolli also guest conducted the Chicago, Cincinnati, Detroit, Los Angeles, Seattle and Vancouver symphony orchestras and succeeded Leopold Stokowski as conductor of the Houston Symphony (1960-1967). Barbirolli, who was knighted in 1949, also made numerous recordings, conducting both opera and concert programs. Small notches in top edge from binding. Heavily toned. Light surface creases. Small ink splatter. Otherwise, fine condition.
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