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Price: $200.00

FINE CONDITION

Holographed carte de visite, with my thousand thanks, Paris, May 12, 1897.  We offer with an original 5.25” x 8” matte, double-weight photograph with an signature in the negative.

 Nikisch (1855-1922) in 1897 was without a doubt the most important conductor in Europe and that includes others like Hans Richter, Gustav Mahler, Richard Strauss and Felix Weingartner, his closest competitors of the time.  Nikisch had the two most prestigious conductor appointments of the time which was the Principal Conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic and the Kapellmeister of the Leipzig Gewandhaus.  At that point in time no one had two major appointments like that at any one time. 

Nikisch negotiated what was the first tour of a German orchestra in France, leading The Berlin Philharmonic in a series of concerts at the Cirque d’hiver in Paris on the 11th, 13th and 16th of May, 1897.  They had performed in Magdeburg, Bonn and Liége on their way to Paris.  Not unexpectedly some in the Paris press touched by nationalism treated their performances unkindly rating Paul Taffanel and the Societe de Concerts recent performances higher.  A review in the “Musical News” shortly after the concerts stated their was not a single outburst of anti-German patriotism at any of the performances.  The foreign press rated the concerts very highly.  Nikisch over the course of the concerts led, Beethoven’s 3rd, 5th, 6th and 7th symphonies, the Schumann 2nd, Wagner overtures and symphonic scenes, as well as Weber opera overtures.  For the French audience, they played Berlioz’s “Roman Carnival Overture”, a Chausson symphony and a Widor Symphony.

Visiting cards are an interesting part of the hobby, they are unique and reflect the person’s taste.  Many evolve over time, some more fancy than others.  We have seen them in a wide variety of sizes, colors, motifs and stock thickness.  Some are signed, others are not figuring the printed name spoke for them.  We see blank ones and ones with full letters carefully written on them.  They are eminently “frameable” and in this particular case, would be excellent as a displayed piece as the verso of the carte is blank and can be framed with an original of the period photograph.

A historic piece of Berlin Philharmonic and Nikisch memorabilia!

ARTUR NIKISCH - CONDUCTOR

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