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Rare autographed deckled postcard photograph with a German inscription to a Fraulein Gruenberg, March, 1959.

Georgescu (1887-1964) was a giant among musicians in Romania.† He began his training on violin and cello as a boy.† He went to study at the Bucharest Conservatory as a double bass major and was convinced he would have a better career as a cellist, so he went back to the cellist studying with composer and cellist Constantin Dimitrescu.† His Father did not like his involvement in music, so he was cut off from financial support.† Georgescu took jobs singing in church choirs and playing cello in a local theatre orchestra.† He won a study grant after a recital in Bucharest and after his graduation from the Conservatory in 1911, he moved to Berliun to study with Hugo Becker who was to become one of his most important musical mentors.† Violinist Henri Marteau and Hugo Becker, both Professors at the Berlin HochschŁle pulled together a new string quartet at the time and the group consisted of Marteau as first violin, Licco Amar as second violin, Edward Kriener as viola and Hugo Becker as cellist.† The quartet originally known as the Marteau-Becker, dropped the Becker name when he resigned and added his pupil George Georgescu to the quartet who played with the now important group on their concert tours for four years.† When World War I came along, Georgescu was still in Berlin and was processed as an enemy alien and put in jail for a time.† He was released through the help of local musicians through he still had to report to the local police.† Whilst on a train, a train door slammed on his hand which ended his career as a cellist.† Two very famous musicians in Berlin at the time, Richard Strauss and Arthur Nikisch convinced him to become a conductor.† Nikisch who was the Music Director of the Berlin Philharmonic arranged for his professional debut as a conductor in February, 1918.† It was a huge success and he was a regular conductor with the orchestra until 1920 (including Claudia Arrauís professional debut with orchestra.) when he was called back to Romania to fill in for Dimitri Dinicu, the conductor of the Bucharest Philharmonic.† King Ferdinand heard his debut and was delighted and in 1921 named him Music Director of the Orchestra.† Ferdiand was Chairman of the Orchestra and gave Georgescu orders to build the orchestra; with marching orders in hand, the conductor went to Vienna and added musicians to his roster.† Within a year, with Georgescuís connections in Vienna and Berlin, they were bringing in major conductors and soloists who had never thought to play with the orchestra previously. Georgescu also led the opera world in Bucharest, bringing in Italian stars who had not sung there in the past and adding new repertoire to support the singers.† Georgescu was known for his close relations in Paris with his countryman Georges Enescu, as well as the Les Six composers and introduced their many of their works to Romania.† For his service to France in programming their music, he was awarded the Lťgion díhonneur.† The conductor also toured the Philharmonic at this time in France, Athens, Istanbul, Barcelona and Vienna.† Julius Korngold praised his Strauss performances whilst in Vienna.† While on a New York Sabbatical in December and January 1926/27 he conducted four concerts with the New York Philharmonic, substituting for an indisposed Arturo Toscanini for three of them and splitting the bill for a Pension Fund Gala with Willem Mengelberg conducting Mozart, Enescu and Strauss.† Coming back to Bucharest, Grovescu with his American bona fides, his reputation was beyond reproach. He took the orchestra on tour of Italy, France and unfortunately for him, Germany in 1942.† When Romania joined the Allies, Georgescu was labeled a collaborator and was forbidden from conducting in Romania.† Enescu came to his side and helped him gain the position of conductor of the National Radio Orchestra of Romania in 1947.† He also was named conductor of the Moldava Philharmonic and conducted in Prague and Kiev.† In 1953 when Silvestri left the Bucharest Philharmonic, he was asked to conduct them once again. With help from Enescu once again he was made Music Director in 1955 and the orchestra changed itís name to the Georges Enescu Philharmonic when he passed away in May of 1955.† Georgescu also began to take on more guest appearances with in Western and Eastern Europe, England and the United States once again in 1960.† He also sat on the jury that awarded Van Cliburn first prize in the Tchaikovsky Competition.† He suffered a heart attack in early 1964.† He still led the George Enescu Philharmonic on tour in Berlin and conducted his final concert there, dying in September of the same year.

A rare, pristine autograph of an important 20th Century orchestral conductor.