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Letter from Franz Liszt

Item contains a letter written by Franz Liszt to an unidentified person, addressing the publication of some of his songs by Schott, and his cousin, Mlle. Liszt.

Transcribed letter from Richard Wagner to his publisher

Item is a transcription to English of the twenty-eighth paragraph in a letter that Richard Wagner wrote to his publisher in 1872. This transcription was presumably sent by William Somerset Maugham to Ellen Ballon with a letter.

Letter from Heitor Villa-Lobos to Ellen Ballon

Item is a typed letter from Heitor Villa-Lobos to Ellen Ballon written on December 17, 1946. The letter acknowledges a letter Ballon wrote on December 5, 1946 and asks if Ballon performed the world premier of Villa-Lobos's first piano concerto with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Item is accompanied by the stamped air mail envelope in which Ballon received the letter. Two Brazilian postage stamps are affixed to the envelope.

Letter from Heitor Villa-Lobos to Ellen Ballon

Item is a typed letter from Heitor Villa-Lobos to Ellen Ballon written on September 9, 1947. The letter details some potential performances of Villa-Lobos' compositions and his desire to have Ballon perform his music. Item is accompanied by the stamped air mail envelope in which Ballon received the letter. Two Brazilian postage stamps are affixed to the envelope.

Deuxième impromptu pour le piano

Item is a first edition of Frédéric Chopin's Impromptu pour le Piano Forte, Op. 36, published in 1840 by Breitkopf & Hartel.

Chopin, Fryderyk Franciszek

Csárdás no. 2

Item is a copy of Joseffy's composition, dedicated to his friend Moriz Rosenthal, and inscribed to Ellen Ballon. File includes a copy of handwritten piano scale exercises, presumably by Joseffy for Ballon.

Joseffy, Rafael

Soughing pines, Op. 12, no. 4

Item contains the fourth piece in Rubin Goldmark's composition "In the Forest: Four Piano Compositions." This piece is dedicated to Paolo Gallico.

Konzert etüde, op. 22 no. 1

Item is the original score inscribed to Ellen Ballon by Alberto Jonas. Ballon was one of Jonás' students in New York from c. 1916 until 1925.

Jonàs, Alberto

Marche funèbre, Op. 35 : exécutée aux funérailles de l'auteur

Item is a copy of the first separate edition of Marche funèbre from Chopin's Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor. The separated third movement was played as Chopin's body was conveyed to the mausoleum on October 30, 1849, and was subsequently released as a separate publication, using the original plates (891) by Troupenas. The file includes a folder and brief description of the work from Scribner.

Chopin, Fryderyk Franciszek

Ronde pour orchestre : reduction pour piano

Item is a piano arrangement of one of the folk songs from "Huits Chants Populaires pour Orchestre" by Anatoly Lyadov (also spelled Liadov), which was originally written in 1905. The score is dated August 15, 1916 at San Sebastien and accompanied by a note from Scribner's publishing house that the score is an original manuscript of the composer's arrangement for pianoforte solo. However, Liadov died August 28, 1914. The publisher's note also indicates that it was previously part of the collection of Serge Diaghileff (Diaghilev).

Lyadov, Anatoly

Trois mazourkas pour le piano

File contains a first edition copy of Chopin's Mazurkas, Op. 63, published by Breitkopf and Hartel. The compositions were dedicated to the Countess Laura Czosnowska.

Chopin, Fryderyk Franciszek

Concerto for piano and orchestra : [performance guidelines]

File includes liner notes, recording timing notes, and notes for corrections to the score, all for the recording of Heitor Villa-Lobos' first piano concerto. The liner notes were written by Ralph Gustafson, a friend of Villa-Lobos and Ellen Ballon, to whom the concerto is dedicated and who performed the concerto for its recording in 1948. The concerto was written in Rio de Janeiro in 1945. The file includes directions for transcribing Villa-Lobos' piano concerto from the records of its American premiere in Dallas, Texas with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Antal Dorati.

Concerto para piano e orquestra : celesta

Item is the celesta part for Heitor Villa Lobos' first piano concerto, dedicated to Ellen Ballon. The part was copied by Fran Averede. The instrumentation has been crossed out in pencil and re-labelled "harpa" (harp).
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