Archive for the ‘Beniamino Gigli’ Category

24 May 1933 —[date from envelope]

Letters and autograms addressed to my beloved mother, Madame Rose Csillag

+ 1. Two letters own hand, in Italian very valuable written by the celebrated Prima Donna Guilia Grisi address 19 rue des Bassins, Chaillot

+ 2. A letter own hand from the celebrated composer and Imperial Conductor Hans Richter of the Royal Opera House, Vienna, dated 15 Okt. 1887.

3. A visiting card own hand written by Signor E[rnesto] Nicolini (Adelina Patti’s second husband)

4. A visiting card own handwr. from the Count of Prokesch-Osten dated -/88—he was Aide de Camp to the Emperor of Austria

5. A letter own handwr. written by the Prince Friedrich zu Wittgenstein dated Berlin, Neuenbergerstr. 39, 18th Dec. 1869. He speaks in the letter of the inauguration of the Suez Channel.

+ 6. Two letters (own hand) written by Pauline Lucca, Baronin v. Malbe, celebrated world opera singer, dated 1882.

+ 7. A letter own handwr. from Monsieur de Girardin, eminent philosopher, Paris.

+ 8. A letter own handwr. from I[talo] Gardoni, world renowned opera singer.

9. A letter own handwr. from Emil La Grua

10. A letter own hand from Michael Casta, leader of Covent Garden Opera, London 8. 3. 1871

11. A letter own hand from E[nrico] Tamberlick, world renowned tenor, dated 22 Aug. /71.

12. A letter own hand fr. Mons. de la Poinerage [?]

13. Two letters own hand from J[ean-Baptiste] Faure celebrated baritone dated Vienna 20 May 1871.

14. Letters own hand fr. Bertha Ehn Imperial singer of the Royal Opera in Vienna 1871.

15. A letter own hand written by the great composer Luigi Arditi, Vienna Hotel Munch 1871.

16. A letter own hand from J. Capaul [perhaps Victor Capoul?] most celebrated tenor, Paris.

17. A large card own hand written by Count Starkenberg, dated 1882.

18. A letter own hand fr. Julius Sulzer, Cantor at the Tempel in Vienna 15.4./89.

19. A letter own hand from Augusta Holmes great authoress Paris 1871.

20. A letter own hand from the world renowned tenor J. Marco, Paris and Covent Garden London 1870.

21. A wonderful beautiful photo with dedication on the front side from Adelina Patti Marquise de Caux dated Vienna 4 Mai 1871.

Then a lot more.

List of autograms and valuable writings

+ 1. Letter fr. Madame Adelina Patti—la Marquise de Caux, later Baroness Sederström, dated 1911 written at her home Chateau Craig-y-Nos.

+ 2. Many Caruso letters, postals, and photos with dedications.

+ 3. A wonderful letter from Giacomo [Giuseppe??] Verdi own handwriting (framed) speaking about his Requiem dated Brussels 21 Oct. 1998 [obviously 1898].

+ 4. A small but excellent photo from Giacomo [Gioachino Antonio] Rossini, dedication on front side own handwriting dated 1862.

+ 5. Cadenza own handwr. (framed) written by Anton Rubenstein—London 22 June 1859.

+ 6. A dedication on a song (framed), song called L’Espirit Saint, written own handwriting Georges Bizet (the composer of Carmen).

+ 7. A letter (framed) in French own handwr. written by Franz Liszt 23 Dicembre.

8. A large photo (framed) with dedication from the tenor B[eniamino] Gigli.

+ 9. A large photo (framed) with dedication from the bass baritone Paul Knüpfer, Imperial Opera House Berlin 4.2.1914.

+ 10. A large beautiful lythograph (framed) from the celebrated tenor Alois Ander, also dedication, Royal Opera House 1856 Vienna.

+ 11. A letter own handwriting addressed to me from Count Albert Apponyi, Minister President of Hungaria. The letter is dated 20 Dec. 1927.

11a. A letter (own hand) addressed to me from the celebrated artist/painter Signor Ugo Flumiani, an Italian master (dated Berlino 27.3.1912.

12. A letter (his own hand) addressed to me from the American Ambassador Charlemagne Tower, Ambassador of Berlin dated Berlin, Febr. 28th, 1908.

+ 13. A letter own handwr. to my address from Siegfried Wagner, dated Bayreuth 7 XI 13.

+ 14. A dedication own handwr. to me from the Marques de Cervera—Conde de Maube also written in Habana (Cuba) 17 de Diecembre 1878 Isla de Cuba.

+ 15. A letter form the Imperial Opera House Vienna signed by the great composer and director at that time [Gustav] Mahler.

16. A letter from the Stadt Theater in Breslau, director Dr. Theodor Loewe, addressed to me, signed by him, dated Breslau 12 Nov. 1896.

+ 17. A letter very valuable own handwrit. from Anton Rubenstein dated Paris 21st July 1867.

+ 18. A letter own handwr. from N. Rubenstein (brother of Anton Rubenstein) dated Moskau 30 November.

19. A letter—a business letter, from the representative of The Daily Mail, London, New York Times and Chicago Tribune from Fred W. Wile, Berlin July 8th 1912.

+ 20. A lettercard own handwr. from Josef Stransky dated June 4th Berlin /11 Hungarian gr. musician composer.

21. A letter own handwr. from A[ndré] Messager, composer and Director of the Paris Opera House dated Berlin 23.3.08.

22. A letter own handwriting from His Excellency Prokesch-Osten, Aide de Camp from His Royal Highness The Emperor of Austria. This letter is addressed to my mother, Rose Csillag, at the occasion of the opening of the Suez Channel—she was presented at the same time with a broad flexible golden bracelet mounted with a big sapphire and 8 big diamonds. The letter has no date, but the word Constantinopel is written in the letter.

+ 23. Several letters/own hand from the celebrated Royal Opera singer Miss Emmy Destinn dated Berlin 1905 and 1906.

24. Letters and postals (own hand) written by the Princess Eulenburg dated Castle Liebenberg near Berlin dated 1909.

25. A postcard (own handwr.) from Mr. McClellan, organist of the Tabernacle in Salt Lake City, Utah, dated Salt Lake 5th.6.1712 [actually 1912].

+ 26. A postal own handwr. from Mr. Edmund von Strauss, eminent musician and leader at the Imperial Opera House Berlin, dated 1.1.15.

+ 27. A postal own hand from Siegfried Wagner dated Bayreuth 29.11.13.

28. Postals own hand from the Countess of Schlippenbach dated Nizza 25.1.08.

29. Valuable letters and postals, own hand, from the philosopher Dr. G. Droescher, 1915 till today.

30. A card (own hand) from Mrs. Johann Strauss, wife of the old original Johann Strauss, dated Vienna 14 Okt. 87/addressed to my mother.

31. A letter own handwr. from Professor Georg Liebling, Professor at Guildhall Academy of Music in London, dated 14 May 1899.

+ 32. A letter (own hand) from Ludwig Pietsch, an eminent literary writer, dated 7.3.1911.

+ 33. A composition (music for piano and soprano) own hand, dedicated to me by Henri Kelten, a great musician, dated Mai 22, 1864. He was the son of the chanter Kelten of the Great Synagogue in Paris.

34. A letter, own hand, from Mr. R. Jakoby, own handwr., dated Berlin 22nd Janaury 1897. Mr. Jakoby was councilor to His Majesty the Emperor Wilhelm II; he was the only councilor who served under the 3 last emperors.

35. Letter (own hand) written by the Baroness of Tyszka, dated Constantinopel 23.7.10. She was the wife of the President of Police in Constantinopel. Her daughter Erica studied with me very successfully.

36. Several cards with greetings and congratulations own hand written by Leo Blech, the eminent musician known to every body! Dated these last 25 years whilst in Berlin.

37. Several letters own signature written by His Excellency Count of Hochberg representing His Majesty at the Royal Opera Houses in Germany, 1901.

38. A telegram (framed) from [Enrico] Caruso, the first telegram that was ever sent from the Kronprincessen Cacilie addressed to me, my daughter, and my class.

39. In my private visitors book, where guests register their names, a lovely dedication from Mr. E. Spafford, dated Sept. 6, 1927. Mr. Spafford was the leader, was at the head of the American Legion when they came to Europe 1927.

40. A photograph from G.W. Macfarland, the Aide de Camp of King Kalikao in Honolulu. Mr. Macfarland is on the photo in ful dress (uniform). We were only 4 hours in Honolulu giving a eprformance there at 12—noon time, but all this later in my biography. He sailed out with the pilot and wrote this dedication Jan. 14, 1899—at sea.

41. A photo full uniform and full dress with all his medals from the Marquis of Cervera, [Pascual Cervera y Topete] own handwr. dedicated to me 3 Okt. 1878. The picture is signed El Marques de Cevera. I think he was later, during the war, Admiral of the Spanish Fleet.

+ 42. Letters from Harry Houdini own handwr. (he is a relation of mine).

My highly esteemed friend,

Dear Mr. Lippincott,

Your dear letter of May 24th is before me and I thank you for every single kind word and for the enclosure of the two five dollar bills. I will say more about this later.  I ought to have answered on the 1st of this month, 5 days ago, but I have been doing almost nothing else but crying and my eyes were so painful, my sight so dim and my hand unsteady, it was impossible to guide my pen. On the morning of the 1st of this month I per chance found a slip of paper on my piano written by my son in law saying: Hierdurch kündige ich die Benützung der Wohnung zum 1 Juli 1933. Berlin d. 31st Mai 1933. Max Wegener. Literally translated: I herewith give notice for the use of the apartment for July 1st, 1933. It is badly expressed, however I understand the meaning. My son in law has changed his vocation. He has left the Russian Department by the A.E.G. as no more orders come in from the Russians and has entered into the Overland, rather International, Department by the same firm the A.E.G. Nobody tells me anything and I ask no questions—not even my daughter is talkative, but I heard her tell my lady friend, a Mrs. Kelenyi (I know her since 40 years, and she calls on me every Tuesday and Friday eve). I have heard Olga tell her that they are going to make a world journey and will probably not touch Berlin for the next 2 or 3 years. All very good. On the 31st of last month my daughter suggested to me to give up my house entirely, to take an empty room with full board and to furnish that room with my piano, my brass bed, carpet, marble nightstand, library and so on, for she says I could not exist otherwise. That is the reason, dear Mr. Lippincott, why I cried my eyes out. I hope I am not wearying you with my silly family rather personal affairs. I say it is an utter impossibility for me to do this. I have looked round and hear an empty room and board cost 130 marks a month which have to be paid down in advance. How can I do this? Besides, who is willing to take a lady of my age and my darling dog, the only dear soul and companion I have! Is it not far better to remain where I am—even if I do not let the room my daughter is in now? The rent is 76 marks a month and alone I need no servant and no one need know what I eat! Then see the expense of moving that would at least be 300 marks—to move the Steinway alone costs 40 marks. All this is hard for me in my old days

If you, Mr. Lippincott, per chance know of anyone coming to Berlin, please dearest friend give them my address. I can accommodate them royally, better than at a hotel and let them have every comfort. Of course, I am trying hard to let my room but everything is hard—difficult in this atrocious time. But I cannot conceive the idea of moving, I think it is absurd to propose this to me. How in the world could I exist like that with strangers—no comfort—of course there are other expenses here besides the modest rent, gas and electric light, my dog is yearly 12 marks, the telephone, the washing I mean the laundry—believe me dear Mr. Lippincott, my only hope is my book now. I wrote last night till 2:30 in the morning. I find I can do more work at night when all is quiet and at rest.

I am sending some things with this same mail. I hope you will be satisfied. You will see what an active intelligent woman I have been. I am the same yet now. Can do a lot of work, but have none to do, alas! Will send you all I possess. I trust you implicitly—everything is safe in your hands, and should I be called away—should my life’s task have an end—then please keep everything I sent you. Make use of it, publish it. And in that way be rewarded and paid in a very small way for all your goodness, kindness, generosity shown me all these years. Have you not received anything that I have written? about my infancy and school days? and are you satisfied with it? These signatures, dedications only demand a good price from collectors like postage stamp collectors. I have sent you the list of autographs registered May 24th and May 29th registered 8 pages of writing—a class picture—did you get the Caruso picture—that is for you!

I read about the Century of Progress World’s Fair, what a beautiful thing for young people, for you! Fascinating, interesting. Now ere I end, I come to the beginning of my letter to thank you—you good dear soul, for your wonderful help. You are extremely kind to send me the 5$ extra—you are right, the mail is expensive and the dollar unfortunately so low. My last mail was 85 pfennigs. I was silly, had saved up 10$ and changed it now, but the dollar would be low yet. I received 17 marks (3 mark 40 for 1 dollar). For 10$ instead of 20 or 21 marks as I used to get. Tomorrow forenoon I go to Adams Express and will send the other things off by parcel post as you suggested. Please let me know when you receive it. God bless you and pray for me—that I may let my room for July or that I may get a new pupil. I doubt whether the old ones will return.

Wish you with all my heart every possible success. Lots of greetings. As ever your very grateful but very unfortunate friend


Have you seen Prof. Pettyjohn? I notice the change in the heading of your writing paper, but am addressing this to your home, also the things by Adams Express.

I am sending today June 5th /33 registered through Adams Express by parcel post.

1. A receipt of the Boston Mass Post Office, copyright matter addressed to Librarian of Congress, Title Page of Olivette.

2. My copyright from Washington for Olivette dated Copyright Office Washington 21st day of February 1881.

3. Program of Grau’s English Opera Company of Fatimitya.

4. The National Republican in Washington D.C. paper of Sept. 1st, 1884 regarding Tag-Eye-See.

5. A small newspaper notice of Grau’s Opera Company at Kernan’s in Baltimore.

6. A long critic of the Dramatic Times of August 7th 1886 regarding Gibson injunction.

7. A critic is St. Louis about Benefit requesting me to take a benefit at the back critic from the new York Clipper and from Washington at Thorn’s Summer Garden.

8. An article from the New York World of July 14th at the Cosmopolitan Theatre with Manager Wood.

9. 10 endorsements of the press.

10. A letter about the little inheritance from Baron Rothschild dated San Francisco July 1878.

11. 2 pages regarding my school days which I think I forgot to enclose.

12. A few words which I ask if they are proper or appropriate to begin the book.

13. A list of some of my pupils.

14. A picture representing Gigli, the tenor. Signor Bamboscheck Gigli’s accompanist, Prfoessor Georg Liebling composer, dated July 6th, 1924. I introduced Gigli to Prof. Liebling and I proposed and arranged it for Gigli to sing Liebling’s song here in his Berlin Concert. In remembrance of this occasion this picture was made. The name of the song is “Du.” Liebling holds it in his hand.