MU56.
No ID. CDV of an outdoor orchestra, harp, flute, violin, bass, drum, etc. VG. $125

  
MU58.
No ID. Curious CDV of 3 men, two standing by a harp, one with violin. VG. $125

     
MU64.
L. Bennett, Manchester. CDV of a band of young kids. G. $60

     
MU71.
W.H. Brummitt, Pontiac, Mich. CDV of young boy with accordion. VG. $75

     
MU87. No ID. CDV of “Simon Carlos”-from the opera of “The Doctor of Alcautara.” This was a comic opera, first performed in Boston in 1862. G. $95


MU89. Rieman & Co, San Francisco. Cabinet Card of a man with harp. G. $85

  
MU94. No ID. CDV of a man and his violin. Image has been trimmed around margins. G. $25


MU95.
Strandberg, Henning, Minn. Cabinet Card of man with violin. VG. $20


MU96.
Hastings, Boston. Chas. F. Higgins, Violin Virtuoso. Cabinet Card. VG. $65


MU100.
J. Gurney & Son, NY. Clara Louise Kellogg (1842-1916). Operatic soprano. CDV, trimmed at bottom. VG. $35


MU101.
Photographic negative from Brady’s National Portrait Gallery, published by E. Anthony, NY. Adelina Patti (1843-1919). Operatic soprano. CDV. trimmed at bottom. G. $30


MU102.
J. Gurney & Son, NY. Guiseppe Verdi (1813-1901). Italian romantic operatic composer. CDV, trimmed at bottom. VG. $100


MU103.
Photographic negative from Brady’s National Portrait Gallery, published by E. Anthony, NY. William Vincent Wallace (1812-1965), Irish composer and musician. Trimmed at bottom. VG. $40


MU121.
J.N. Edy & Co., Brantford, Ontario. The “Alleghanians.” CDV. VG. $85

 
MU144.
A. Couturier, Berlin, NH. Clarinetist with several clarinets. Cabinet Card. VG. $65


MU151.
No ID. Gentleman playing his cello. Cabinet Card. VG. $85


MU152.
Thompson, Orange, Mass. Gentleman with his bass. Cabinet Card. G. $45


MU153.
No ID. Gentleman with his cello. Cabinet Card. VG. $60

Scott Orchestra CDV Scott Orchestra CDV
MU162. Wm. M. Jones, Scott, NY. Scott Orchestra. Dr. Babcock, Oscar Scott, Dr. Hutchings, Watson Black, Father Hamilton Whiting. The seated man at left is playing a flutina, predecessor to the modern accordion. CDV. G. $125

Banjo Player in Black Face
Per56. W.R. Bowles, Hopkinsville, Ky. Banjo Player in Black Face. E. $350

Banjo Player Cabinet Card
MU167. No ID. Banjo player with two banjos. Cabinet Card. VG. $150

Boston Music Hall Organ
MU177. M. Ormsbee, NY. CDV of the Boston Music Hall Organ installed in 1863, built by Walcken of Wurtemberg, Germany. VG. $28


MU180. Cabinet card by Green & Caddy, Johnstown, Pa. Man with his banjo. G+. $125


MU181. Miner, Fort Wayne, Ind. Cabinet card of pair of musicians with musical contraption. VG. $65


MU182. No ID. Rustic duo, violin and squeezebox. Dirty boots. On back is written “R. Skinner C. Skinner.” Cabinet Card. G. $65


MU183. No ID. Man with violin by studio window. Cabinet Card. VG. $15


MU189. Theres Karlstrom, Solleftea, Sweden. Bell ringer. CDV. VG. $85


MU190. Elliott & Fry, London. The Royal Hand-Bell Ringers and Glee Singers, with their Carillion of 131 Bells. The men are identified, left to right, as J.H. Williams; A. Berridge; Duncan S. Miller (Conductor); W.J. Havart; & H. Havart. The Costume is that of Courtiers Temp. Edward IV., A.D. , 1470. CDV. VG. $125


MU195. No ID. CDV of The Celebrated Peak Family. Full advertisement for them on verso. G. $60


MU196. Bliven’s New Photograph Gallery, Elmore, Ohio. Bell ringers. Ad for Bliven’s Stereoscopic Views on verso. CDV. G-. $40

 
MU197. Wrighton Brothers, Birmingham. Bell ringers. CDV. G. $60


MU198. Cabinet Card of the Ellis Family, Bell ringers, vocalists, instrumentalists. VG. $85


MU199. Gurney & Son, NY. Carlotta Patti (c. 1840 – 27 June 1889) was a nineteenth-century operatic soprano and sister to famed soprano Adelina Patti. Born into a musical family, Patti studied the piano in her youth before following her younger sister’s inclination toward singing. As a child, Carlotta developed a handicap which caused a noticeable limp in her walk. Due to this condition she mostly avoided operatic performances and preferred to sing on the concert stage. While not able to achieve her sister’s level of acclaim, Carlotta nonetheless received top billing in concerts in the US, Great Britain, and Australia. She was known for her extensive vocal range, reportedly being able to reach a G sharp in altissimo. She often sang songs that highlighted this extensive range. Carlotta Patti died of cancer in Paris on 27 June 1889. Cabinet Card. G. $35


MU200. H.P. Robinson, Tunbridge Wells. The Royal Hand-Bell Ringers. Cabinet Card. Damage as shown. G-. $30


MU201. F. Gowing, Nayland. Bell Ringer. Cabinet Card. VG. $65


MU202. J. Caddick, American Studio, Birmingham. Bell ringing group. Cabinet Card. G. $50


MU206. F.W. Schmidt, Fairbury, Neb. Cabinet card of a Christian Crusader with drums and tambourine. VG. $75


MU207. Ennors, Electric Tassergraph, Stevens Point, Wis. Cabinet card of a Christian quartet. On the drum “2nd Wis. The World for God.” G. $75


MU208. No ID. Professor McRae, Ontario’s Musical Wonder. Cabinet Card. VG. $85


MU209. No ID. Prof. McRae, Ontario’s Musical Wonder. Cabinet Card. VG. $85


MU210. Howie, Detroit. Prof. McRae, Ontario’s Musical Wonder. Cabinet Card. VG. $100


MU211. Howie, Detroit. Prof. McRae, Ontario’s Musical Wonder. Cabinet Card. VG. $100


MU212. No ID. Prof. McRae, Ontario’s Musical Wonder. G. $85


MU214. No ID. “Yours Respectfully, A. B. Thurston.” CDV. VG. $65


MU218. Mora, NY. Jacques Offenbach (20 June 1819 – 5 October 1880) was a German-French composer, cellist and impresario of the romantic period. He is remembered for his nearly 100 operettas of the 1850s–1870s and his uncompleted opera The Tales of Hoffmann. He was a powerful influence on later composers of the operetta genre, particularly Johann Strauss, Jr. and Arthur Sullivan. His best-known works were continually revived during the 20th century, and many of his operettas continue to be staged in the 21st. The Tales of Hoffmann remains part of the standard opera repertory. Born in Cologne, the son of a synagogue cantor, Offenbach showed early musical talent. At the age of 14, he was accepted as a student at the Paris Conservatoire but found academic study unfulfilling and left after a year. From 1835 to 1855 he earned his living as a cellist, achieving international fame, and as a conductor. His ambition, however, was to compose comic pieces for the musical theatre. Finding the management of Paris’ Opéra-Comique company uninterested in staging his works, in 1855 he leased a small theatre in the Champs-Élysées. There he presented a series of his own small-scale pieces, many of which became popular. In 1858, Offenbach produced his first full-length operetta, Orphée aux enfers (“Orpheus in the Underworld”), which was exceptionally well received and has remained one of his most played works. During the 1860s, he produced at least 18 full-length operettas, as well as more one-act pieces. His works from this period included La belle Hélène (1864), La Vie parisienne (1866), La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein (1867) and La Périchole (1868). The risqué humour (often about sexual intrigue) and mostly gentle satiric barbs in these pieces, together with Offenbach’s facility for melody, made them internationally known, and translated versions were successful in Vienna, London and elsewhere in Europe. Offenbach became associated with the Second French Empire of Napoleon III; the emperor and his court were genially satirised in many of Offenbach’s operettas. Napoleon III personally granted him French citizenship and the Légion d’Honneur. With the outbreak of the Franco-Prussian War in 1870, Offenbach found himself out of favor in Paris because of his imperial connections and his German birth. He remained successful in Vienna and London, however. He re-established himself in Paris during the 1870s, with revivals of some of his earlier favorites and a series of new works, and undertook a popular U.S. tour. In his last years he strove to finish The Tales of Hoffmann, but died before the premiere of the opera, which has entered the standard repertory in versions completed or edited by other musicians. G. $125


MU219. Disderi, Paris. Giuseppe Fortunino Francesco Verdi (9 or 10 October 1813 – 27 January 1901) was an Italian opera composer. He was born near Busseto to a provincial family of moderate means, and developed a musical education with the help of a local patron. Verdi came to dominate the Italian opera scene after the era of Vincenzo Bellini, Gaetano Donizetti, and Gioachino Rossini, whose works significantly influenced him. By his 30s, he had become one of the pre-eminent opera composers in history. In his early operas, Verdi demonstrated a sympathy with the Risorgimento movement which sought the unification of Italy. He also participated briefly as an elected politician. The chorus “Va, pensiero” from his early opera Nabucco (1842), and similar choruses in later operas, were much in the spirit of the unification movement, and the composer himself became esteemed as a representative of these ideals. An intensely private person, Verdi, however, did not seek to ingratiate himself with popular movements and as he became professionally successful was able to reduce his operatic workload and sought to establish himself as a landowner in his native region. He surprised the musical world by returning, after his success with the opera Aida (1871), with three late masterpieces: his Requiem(1874), and the operas Otello (1887) and Falstaff (1893). His operas remain extremely popular, especially the three peaks of his ‘middle period’: Rigoletto, Il trovatore and La traviata, and the 2013 bicentenary of his birth was widely celebrated in broadcasts and performances. VG. $125


MU220. Silsbee, Case & Co., Boston. Gioachino Antonio Rossini (29 February 1792 – 13 November 1868) was an Italian composer who wrote 39 operas as well as some sacred music, songs, chamber music, and piano pieces. He was a precocious composer of operas, and he made his debut at age 18 with La cambiale di matrimonio. His best-known operas include the Italian comedies The Barber of Seville (Il barbiere di Siviglia), The Italian Girl in Algiers (L’italiana in Algeri), and Cinderella (La Cenerentola). He also wrote a string of serious operas in Italian, including works such as TancrediOtello, and SemiramideThe Thieving Magpie (La gazza ladra) features one of his most celebrated overtures. Rossini moved to Paris in 1824 where he began to set French librettos to music. His last opera was the epic William Tell (Guillaume Tell), featuring its iconic overture which helped to usher in grand opera in France. A tendency for inspired, song-like melodies is evident throughout his scores, which earned him the nickname “the Italian Mozart.” He was a rapid and prolific composer, quoted as joking, “Give me the laundress’ bill and I will even set that to music.” He also earned the nickname “Signor Crescendo” for his use of an exciting buildup of orchestral sound over a repeated phrase, which is now commonly known as a “Rossini crescendo”. Until his retirement in 1829, Rossini had been the most popular opera composer in history. VG. $125


MU221. Disderi, Paris. Marietta Alboni (6 March 1826 – 23 June 1894) was a renowned Italian contralto opera singer. She is considered as one of the greatest contraltos in operatic history. VG. $65


MU222. Charles D. Fredricks & Co., NY. Adelaide Ristori (29 January 1822 – 9 October 1906) was a distinguished Italian tragedienne, who was often referred to as the Marquise. VG. $65


MU223. Disderi, Paris. Giovanni Matteo De Candia, also known as Mario (17 October 1810 – 11 December 1883), was an Italian opera singer. The most celebrated tenor of his era, he was lionized by audiences in Paris and London. He was the partner of the opera singer Giulia Grisi. Trimmed at bottom. VG. $65