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MUSIC AUTOGRAPHS & ANTIQUARIAN
Text Box: MUSIC AUTOGRAPHS AND EPHEMERA BOUGHT AND SOLD

Price: $1500.00

NEAR MINT CONDITION

Autographed and inscribed Charles of Bordeaux 5” x 8.5” Imperial cabinet photograph by the great French composer to the Finnish suffragette and poet Baroness Alexandra de Gripenberg, February 15, 1888. Interestingly, he refers to Gripenberg, a famous lesbian, as Monsieur!

Gounod's "Faust" remains one of the most performed operas in the repertory, with “Romeo and Juliette” also a repertory staple.  His other works, with the exception of “Ave Maria” and “Funeral March of a Marionette” have suffered by comparison.  Other works include two wonderful symphonies, chamber music, cantatas, operas, solo piano, songs, motets and masses.

Alexandra “de” Gripenberg (1857-1913) founded the Finnish Women’s Association (Suomen Naisyhdistysin)1884; the oldest women’s organization in the Country.  She served as the Treasurer of the International Council of Women from 1893-1899 and was also one of the first women elected to the Finnish Parliament in 1906.  Gripenburg was also an author and poet.

Simply the finest autographed photograph we have seen of the composer and a very interesting dedication.

Original gold leaf edges still present.

CHARLES GOUNOD - COMPOSER
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