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Price: $300.00

MINT CONDITION

Handsome fountain pen autographed 3” x 5” Austrian postcard photograph of the conductor, composer and pianist dated to the 1960’s.  This image comes from an in-person collector in Vienna and we have compared it to know examples of his auto-pen signatures and it is authentic.

Bernstein (1918-1990) had a special relationship with the City of Vienna, but it did not start out easily. As early as July, 1946, the US Armed Services in Vienna had requested he make his Vienna debut.  Instead he chose to go to the Czechoslovakia and make his debut with the Czech Philharmonic.  He arrived in Vienna for the first time for his May 28, 1948 debut at the Wiener Konzerthaus with the Wiener Symphoniker, refusing to perform with the Wiener Philharmoniker due to their mistreatment of the Jews in the orchestra in 1938. However, his experience with the Symphoniker did not prove easy and he wrote to his major domo Harry Kraut about his experience, A chauvinistic, provincial, nationalistic town, convinced that only Viennese can do anything, and that all Americans are fools...It took me three rehearsals to overcome the natural hostility of the orchestra. But we made it! Love and music conquered all; and the concert turned out a great triumph.  He did not return until 1966 the occasion, his Vienna Philharmoniker debut.  By that time his reputation was not as the knew “it” conductor, but as one of the great conductors of his time.  Thus began a love affair with Vienna and the Philharmoniker which would last the rest of his life. In 1970 the Austrian government awarded the conductor the Commander’s Cross First Class. In 1982, the Orchestra awarded Bernstein the coveted Ehrenring (Ring of Honor), for his service to the orchestra and the City of Vienna awarded him a key to the City.  Two years before his death in 1988, he was made an honorary citizen of the City of Vienna.

Not one of the more common images Bernstein would sign.

LEONARD BERNSTEIN - CONDUCTOR

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