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ETHEL BARTLETT & RAE ROBERTSON - PIANISTS

Autographed bi-fold Community Concert Association program for a concert by the husband and wife duo piano recitalists.  Additional number written in pencil.

Bartlett (1896-1978) and Robertson (1893-1956) were the first full time professional piano duo.  Both were from the United Kingdom, she from Epping Forest, England, he from the Scottish Highlands.  Both were Tobias Matthay pupils, she went on to study with Artur Schnabel.  Ethel made her debut in London in 1916.  Rae began his study with Matthay in 1914 and a year later he was drafted into the British Army and off to war.  He received wounds in the arm and hand and was discharged in 1918 at the end of the War.  The pair married in 1922 and began solo careers.  Both also served as accompanists to leading instrumentalists and singers. 

There first duo recital was at Wigmore Hall in June, 1924.  The reviews of that concert were not stellar.  They worked together and gave a second recital in August of the same year to great critical and popular acclaim.  Recitals throughout Europe and America were the impetus for rival married pianists like Luboschutz and Nemonoff and Vronsky and Babin.  Eventually the couple settled in America and in 1950 became citizens.  Their run however was ended with the untimely death of Rae Robertson in 1956.

While we see their autographs on album leaves from time to time, we rarely see signed programs of the pioneering pianist duo.

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