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    Cabinet Cards of 19th Century Composers, Including Calixa Lavallee, Author of the Canadian National Anthem A wonderful group of nineteen (19) cabinet card photographs of nineteenth century composers, some signed, including a fine bust portrait of Calixa Lavallee (1842-1933) bearing his signature. Lavallee, a Quebec born composer, pianist, organist and teacher was commissioned by the provincial authorities to write music to go with a poem by Adolphe-Basile Routheir entitled O Canada, which was first performed in 1880. The group also includes sixteen other signed cabinet card photos, including Joseph Parry (1841-1903), Adolph Neuendorff (1843-1897), William Joseph Westbrook (born 1831), Henry Lahee (1826-1912), Charles Obertheir, Frederic Grant Gleason (1848-1903), Louis Napoleon Parker (1852-1944), Thomas Anderton (1836-1903), John Barnett (1802-1890), dated in his hand "Sper. 9 1887," Henry Parker, B. J. Lang, Frederick Brandeis, Carilli Zoeller (1840-1889), and Jules Parks. Also included is a nice cabinet card of Anton Bruckner together with five other unidentified portraits (three of which are signed) certainly worthy of further research. Overall the cards bear the occasional dent to margins and very light soiling, but are in otherwise fine condition, most very crisp and clear. A rare assemblage that would prove difficult to duplicate.

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    June, 2005
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