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PROPERTY OF THE HEIRS OF ALEXANDER SMALLENS

Gershwin, George
THE THEATRE GUILD PRESENTS PORGY AND BESS, [PRINTED VOCAL SCORE], NEW YORK: GERSHWIN PUBLISHING CORPORATION, [1935], SIGNED AND INSCRIBED BY GERSHWIN, IRA GERSHWIN AND ROUBEN MAMOULIAN, TO ALEXANDER SMALLENS, THE CONDUCTOR OF THE PREMIERE
Estimate
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LOT SOLD. 17,500 GBP
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PROPERTY OF THE HEIRS OF ALEXANDER SMALLENS

Gershwin, George
THE THEATRE GUILD PRESENTS PORGY AND BESS, [PRINTED VOCAL SCORE], NEW YORK: GERSHWIN PUBLISHING CORPORATION, [1935], SIGNED AND INSCRIBED BY GERSHWIN, IRA GERSHWIN AND ROUBEN MAMOULIAN, TO ALEXANDER SMALLENS, THE CONDUCTOR OF THE PREMIERE
Estimate
15,00025,000
LOT SOLD. 17,500 GBP
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Gershwin, George
THE THEATRE GUILD PRESENTS PORGY AND BESS, [PRINTED VOCAL SCORE], NEW YORK: GERSHWIN PUBLISHING CORPORATION, [1935], SIGNED AND INSCRIBED BY GERSHWIN, IRA GERSHWIN AND ROUBEN MAMOULIAN, TO ALEXANDER SMALLENS, THE CONDUCTOR OF THE PREMIERE
including an AUTOGRAPH MUSICAL QUOTATION BY GERSHWIN, from 'Bess you is my woman now' (inscribed "To Alex Smallens In happy memory of a most pleasant association with you on "Porgy & Bess", George Gershwin, Oct. 22. 1935"), in blue-black ink under the frontispiece portrait, and a small caricature ("For Alex") on the title 

FIRST EDITION, [4 &] 559 pages, 4to (c.29.5 x 22.5cm), printing error on p.538 ("opinior"), without Ira's bowdlerizations to the libretto, contemporary blue cloth boards, Alexander Smallens's bookplate and initials on spine ("A.S."), programme for the premiere at the Colonial Theatre Boston tipped in, a few annotations and cuts marked in pencil, lacking wrappers and the "Story" leaf preceding the music, extremities rubbed


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A MAGNIFICENT ASSOCIATION COPY. Alexander Smallens (1889-1972) was the conductor chosen by Gershwin for the first performance of Porgy and Bess at the Colonial Theater, Boston, on 30 September 1935, and at the Alvin Theatre on Broadway on 10 October.  He also was the principal conductor of the "first-cast" recordings of highlights.  As director of the Philadelphia Civic Opera, Smallens had given the American premieres of Strauss's Ariadne auf Naxos and Feuersnot, and was also Stokowski's deputy conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Gershwin's quotation is from the celebrated duet for Porgy and Bess in Act 2, 'Bess you is my woman now' (page 252).  Smallens's annotations in pencil may relate to the cuts made during the tour or the recorded highlights: for example, on pages 207, 295, 433 ("tympani roll"), 524 ("spoken?") etc.

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