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Price: $200.00

EXCELLENT CONDITION

Autographed and inscribed original 5” x 8” matte, double-weight photograph by Hall’s Studio original blind embossed photograph of the French born, American pianist, New York, March, 1914.

Schnitzer (1888-1982) was born in Paris and was a child prodigy.  She studied at the Paris Conservatoire with Raoul Pugno, graduating with a first in pianoforte performance in 1902 at the age of 14.  She spent the following year in Vienna studying with Liszt’s pupil Emil Sauer and made her concert debut in Berlin in 1904.  Major tours followed for the next two years and she made her American debut in Boston at Chickering Hall in 1906.  Her New York debut followed at Mendelssohn Hall in Manhattan.  She was a favorite of major conductors, Georges Enesco, Wilhelm Furtwängler, Karl Muck and Gustav Mahler are a few of the conductors with whom she played concertos.  She would also dress like Clara Schumann and perform Robert Schumann recitals at times.  The critics of the time raved about her performances.  In 1921, she participated in the two Moritz Moszkowski benefits, one at Carnegie Hall, the other at the Metropolitan Opera.  Between 1909 and 1917 she played some 17 concerts at Carnegie Hall alone, most concertos with the New York Philharmonic, New York Symphony and the Russian Symphony Society. 

Schnitzer settled in America in 1913 after marrying a New York doctor.  She was injured in a car accident in 1931 and due to partial paralysis of one of her hands was forced to retire.  She stayed active in the New York musical scene, the Beethoven Scoiety and the Musician’s Emergency Fund were her charities of choice.  

While it does not appear she made commercial records, she did make 11 piano rolls for Ampico and Welte-Mignon.

A rare autograph.  One minor small crease, else pristine.

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