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Text Box: MUSIC AUTOGRAPHS AND EPHEMERA BOUGHT AND SOLD
Text Box: Conductor autographs

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Price: $450.00

Typed letter signed to Walter de Bourg, First Secretary with the Swiss Legation in Washington, D.C., April 24, 1943.  We offer with the original transmittal envelope and an original matte, double-weight Emmerich Gara photograph, though not blind stamped.

 

The Maestro (1867-1957) writes to Walter de Bourg, then the 1st Councillor to the Ambassador Carl Bruggmann of the Swiss Legation to the United States in Washington, D.C.  De Bourg had German and Italian interests in his portfolio and was instrumental to immigrants and naturalized Americans from those countries to get information to their relatives and friends during World War II.  There has been correspondence in the marketplace from Igor Stravinsky and Arthur Honegger offered for sale over the past decade, so he had an affinity for musicians and it would appear Toscanini knew him well and he had been useful to his family.  The Maestro had suffered the flu earlier in March and April which he describes in the antique manner of “the grippe”.

 

Walter de Bourg was a seasoned Swiss diplomat.  From 1936 to 1942 he was the “Councillor” of the Swiss Legation to Great Britain. We know his wife passed away in Britain during his first year there leaving him alone with two daughters. Whilst there he was on the Board of Directors of the Swiss Alpine Club, where he was apparently very active.  His transfer to the United States was from 1942-1946, where he was the Chairman of the Council of Ministers in the United States in addition to his position as First Secretary at the Embassy. In 1949 he was made Charge de Affairs of the Swiss Legation in Dublin and then Ambassador, retiring in 1959.

 

Emmerich Gara was a cellist in Toscanini’s NBC Orchestra and became well known as a photographer of live photographs of the Maestro and other music luminaries.

ARTURO TOSCANINI - CONDUCTOR

FINE CONDITION.