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Marian Anderson & Franz Rupp Autographed Booklets - Sol Hurok Artists Prods
“Marian Anderson (February 27, 1897 – April 8, 1993) was an African-American contralto and one of the most celebrated singers of the twentieth century. Music critic Alan Blyth said ‘Her voice was a rich, vibrant contralto of intrinsic beauty.’ Most of her singing career was spent performing in concert and recital in major music venues and with major orchestras throughout the United States and Europe between 1925 and 1965.” (wiki)
A really exceptional collection. 12 promotional booklets, several signed by Marian Anderson and some by her accompanist Franz Rupp, from the early to mid- 1940s, printed and sponsored by famous impresario Sol Hurok’s Artists agency. Ads and War Bonds pleas are interspersed with the pictures and ‘Word Portrait’ written story copy. Extensive photo essays in most booklets, almost all are different.
If you have any interest in her voice (a rich contralto who was completely comfortable moving among the operatic, classical, and spiritual genres), or the history of black artists and/or vocalists in America, this is quite a find for you.