Text Box: VIOLINIST AUTOGRAPHS
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MUSIC AUTOGRAPHS & ANTIQUARIAN
Text Box: MUSIC AUTOGRAPHS AND EPHEMERA BOUGHT AND SOLD

Price: $600.00

NEAR MINT CONDITION

Forty page complete Tucson Symphony Orchestra program autographed and inscribed on the cover by the violinist, February 6 & 7th, 1968.  We offer with a 3” x 5” photograph of the violinist, Lisbon, 1964, suitable for display.

 

Rabin (1936-1972) is considered to be the greatest violinist produced in America.  A pupil of Ivan Galamian and Zino Francescatti, he took the world by storm as a wunderkind prodigy on February 11, 1950 at Carnegie Hall playing the Vieuxtemps 5th Concerto with the National Orchestral Association under Leon Barzin. He was so successful, he performed again with the orchestra, this time the Wieniawski 1st Concerto on April 17, 1950.  A solo recital was scheduled For November 24, 1950 with Nathan Milstein’s European accompanist Leopold Mittman.  He performed four Paganini Caprices for which he became legendary at that concert.

 

Rabin was fortunate to have a father in the violin section of the New York Philharmonic.  Introductions to Artur Rodzinski and Dimitri Mitropoulos helped to get musical champions who helped move his career along.  By 1968, Michael’s career had faultered due to various circumstances.  A dominating mother, a Father who was demanding professionally but otherwise absent and a sister, now married was not there for him all the time as she had been earlier in his life.  Michael was relegated in many cases to more provincial American orchestras like the Tucson Symphony.  While his last appearance at Carnegie Hall was in 1962, The New York Philharmonic kept up their relationship with four performances in their outdoors concerts and Long Islands concerts with Alfred Wallenstein and Lorin Maazel in July, 1967, thee performances in their Promenades Concerts with Andre Kostelanetz in June, 1969 and his final performances with the orchestra on June 17, 18 and 23rd under the direction of Aaron Copland.  Only the 23rd was performed at Philharmonic Hall.  Even the New York Philharmonic had relegated him to “festival” performances.

 

All said, Rabin’s recordings are still considered among the finest on record, particularly his recording of the Paganini Caprices for solo violin. 

 

We were fortunate to offer a large portion of Rabin’s archive on behalf of his sister Bertine a number of years ago.  The pricing for Rabin is somewhat inconsistent.  He has always been a rare autograph, however, we see many Rabin items absurdly priced in the multiple thousands. While he still a rare autograph, I am frankly disturbed by the trend, as I view it as gouging. The original collectors who sought Michael’s autographs are at thix point either selling their collections, or their collections are being dispersed in their estates and there are more on the market now that we have seen previously.  As we sold more Rabin autographs than likely anyone else ever will, I wanted to make that point clear.       

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Phone: 212-860-5541