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Price: $150.00

FINE CONDITION

Typed letter signed by the famed conductor to his nephew Leopold Mannes and his wife Evelyn on his personal address letterhead, December 26, 1945.  We offer with an original, sepia double-weight 8” x 10” photograph in front of an NBC microphone and with Martin P. Rice the Publicity Manager of General Electric Company Broadcasting c. 1928, WGY Studios Schenectady, New York.

The conductor writes:

December 26, 1945

Dear Evelyn and Leopold:

Your lovely gift is quite out of order, as only my venerable self is permitted to send Christmas presents to his relatives.  But you know me for an enthusiastic drinker, and that your kind present is irresistible and absolutely prevents my refusing to accept it.

As always, with much love to both of you, not forgetting that exquisite baby,

Your,

Uncle Walter

Damrosch (1862-1950) writes to his nephew Leopold Mannes (1899-1964) and his wife Evelyn Sabin Mannes (1907-1968). Leopold was the son of violinist David Mannes and his wife Clara Damrosch Mannes, Walter’s sister.  Leopold who was named after his grandfather, conductor and Wagner acolyte Leopold Damrosch, ran the conservatory named after his father.  He is best remembered as co-inventing the Kodachrome film process with Leopold Godowsky Jr.  He was also trained concert pianist with among others Guy Maier and Alfred Cortot. and performed chamber music with the Mannes-Gimpel-Silva Trio.  His wife Evelyn was a professional dancer, a student of Martha Graham and later performed with her company.  The baby mentioned by Damrosch is Elena Mannes, a well known documentary filmmaker who is currently on the faculty of Mannes.

Walter Damrosch was the Music Director of the “National Symphony Orchestra” which on some programs was known as the “General Electric Symphony Orchestra” from, 1928 through 1932. (The concerts originate on WGY in Schenectady New York). The National Broadcasting Company was founded in 1926 by RCA, which was a subsidiary of the General Electric Company.  General Electric was forced to divest ownership of NBC after an anti-trust lawsuit, however, the two companies remained intertwined for decades.  Damrosch’s orchestra was the precursor to Toscanini’s NBC Symphony in 1937. Prior to his Broadcasting career, he was the Music Director of the New York Symphony Orchestra, a rivasl of the New York Philharmonic from 1885 to 1928.

The letter bears the original fold creases else fine.  The photograph is in mint condition.

 

WALTER DAMROSCH - CONDUCTOR

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