Jan Paderewski

Ignace Jan Paderewski Signed Concert Program, Ca. 1890s

Ignace Jan Paderewski Signed Concert Program, Ca. 1890s

 

Three pieces of ephemera relating to Polish concert pianist Ignace Jan Paderewski (1860-1941), including a program page signed by him and inscribed by him in German. The materials date from Paderewski's American concert tours of the 1890s, when the artist was sponsored by the famous piano manufacturing company Steinway & Sons.

 

The lot includes:

 

1. Program page from Boston's Music Hall, advertising "Paderewski's Ninth Piano Recital", on February 27, [1892]. Signed by Paderewski as "I J Paderewski" and with six words inscribed by him in German in the upper right hand corner recto. A full page advertisement of Steinway & Sons, containing an endorsement by the British royal family, is found verso. With expected folds. Split along the horizontal fold at center. A few chipped edges, else very good. 5.75" x 9".

 

The pianist was slated to play selections from Liszt, Chopin, Beethoven, Schumann, and Mendelssohn in the afternoon concert, as well as a Nocturne composed by himself. "The 'Steinway' Piano used at all the Paderewski Recitals" appears in bold at bottom recto.

 

2. Program page advertising "Paderewski's final Boston Recital [which] will occur on TUESDAY AFTERNOON, MARCH 22, 1892, at 2.30 o'clock." Another full page advertisement of Steinway & Sons is found verso, including an illustration of a grand piano. Expected folds, and a minor closed tear at center. Else very good to near fine. 5.75" x 9".

 

3. An envelope addressed in Paderewski's hand to "Lily F. Kramer / 3658 Forest Ave / Chicago, / Ill." postmarked from Cincinnati, Ohio on February 12, 1896. The preprinted return address lists three of Cincinnati's concert venues, including the Grand Opera House.

 

Ignace Jan Paderewski was one of the most popular concert pianists of the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. He was the darling of audiences, who loved his unruly red hair and his intensely physical, often violent manner of playing. (Paderewski was injured during a concert in Rochester, New York, leading to the permanent loss of use of his right ring finger, and his overworked and infected fingers often bled on the keyboard.) He played in an unorthodox style in part because he learned piano late in life. Paderewski began undertaking worldwide concert playing tours after graduating from the Warsaw Conservatory and training in Vienna. Paderewski performed some 107 concerts during the 117 days of his 1891-1892 American tour, of which these winter 1892 concerts were some, under sponsorship by Steinway.

 

This item comes with a Certificate from John Reznikoff, a premier authenticator for both major 3rd party authentication services, PSA and JSA (James Spence Authentications), as well as numerous auction houses.

 

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Item: 67588

Price: $400.00
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