Guys, I found this incredible site selling musical relics/autographs etc. It’s called Roger Gross, Ltd, and even though many of these objects are somewhat unaffordable you can easily waste hours on this site looking at all the great pictures, letters and newspaper articles regarding great composers, musicians and opera singers!
Some of my favorites:
Soprano Tamaki Miura’s Japanese passport:
Soprano Mary Garden’s rare autographed photo:
This 2-page letter signed by Franz Liszt:
This hilariously uncomprehensible letter signed by Puccini:
This autographed photo of Martha Argerich and Lilya Zilberstein
And this beautiful autograph by Sergei Rachmaninov:
What can I say? Have fun!
I love the the fact of the devoted Pears and Britten performing the second piece here. They were an inspiration to me as I grew up, that you could be gay/bisexual and, well, normal; that you didn’t have to be defined by your sexual preference.
I was thinking the same thing! I found that second piece really endearing and inspirational, performed by the two of them.
Rare footage of Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears performing Purcell
(February 9th, 1956)
First piece: I attempt from love’s sickness to fly
Second piece: Man is for the woman made
Natalie Dessay - Les Oiseaux Dans la Charmille
SHE’S A FUCKING ALIEN
Natalie Dessay: “L’air des Clochettes”
From Léo Delibes’ Lakmé. Act 2: “Où va la jeune indoue”
Studio recording for EMI (1998)
I just had an afternoon dream about Korra losing the avatar state and a drunk Mako telling her “when you lose something, think of my scarf: the last place where you saw it must be the first place where you’ll find it now!” And then Korra killed him
Young Shostakovich by Boris Kustodiev (1920)
Igor Stravinsky playing with Charlie Chaplin in a rolling hoop thingy.
This photo is hilarious. Rachmaninov is looking at his daughter like “who put this thing on me? wth get this off me please”
Nude Portraits series by photographer Trevor Christensen
This is my new favorite thing
Tom Lehrer - Alma
Song about Alma Schindler’s many lovers, three of whom became her husbands: composer Gustav Mahler, then architect Walter Gropius, lastly writer Franz Werfel.
Igor Stravinsky conducting
Gemma Correll, on TumblrThankssosuperawesome!