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ERICH LEINSDORFF
(1912-1993) American conductor who performed and recorded with leading orchestras and opera companies throughout the U.S. and Europe, earning a reputation for exacting standards as well as an acerbic personality. A fine lot of seven items, featuring correspondence and other documents from Leinsdorf to his New York agent. Leinsdorf was famed for wielding his acerbic personality as masterfully as his conductor's baton, and these letters speak to those qualities. Perhaps most interesting is a T.L.S. concerning billing for a guest-conducting engagement with the New York Met, 2pp., 4to., n.p., Dec. 15, 1965. In part: "...What you may or may not recall is that the Metropolitan's entire publicity is completely, 100 per cent dovetailed to feature Mr. Bing... For all my friendship and liking for Mr. [Rudolf] Bing, when I appear as guest conductor with the Metropolitan I don't want to be out-printed by the name of the General Manager. Thus I would like to have some sort of billing agreement which will cover everything that is printed...". Also noteworthy is a T.L.S., 2pp., 4to., [n.p., n.d.,] in which Leinsdorf comments on RCA Victor's attempt to revolutionize the recording process by etching records with computers for the first time, a process known as "dynagroove". In part: "...Raeburn tells me that it was laughed out of the press conference by all the English record reviewers when it was demonstrated. I know that the engineers and control booth operators of RCA have discontinued with dynagroove at some point, but surreptitiously, not to offend George, whose pet child this has been...". Also included with the lot is a contract [in German], an A.L.S., one additional T.L.S., a transmittal envelope signed "Erich" in blue ink, and a telegram from Leinsdorf in the West Indies dated November 19, 1965. Moderate folds and punch holes on several documents, else very good. Seven pieces.
Estimate $ 800-1,200

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