"Laugh it off!" and The Manger Song of Mary. Autograph musical manuscripts of two complete songs. Signed in full
VIDAL, Paul 1863-1931
Price: 750.00 USD
- "Laugh it off!": Oblong octavo (272 x 176 mm). Bifolium. Notated in black ink on 10-stave paper with blindstamp of Lard-Esnault, Bellamy, Paris. [i] (title with signature and date: October 16-23, 1921), 2, [i] (blank) pp. In 5-stave systems: one for solo voice ("Mezzo Soprano o[u] Baryton"), one for chorus (up to 4 parts but no voices specified; G clef throughout), one blank, and two for piano ("ad libitum"). Part labels and tempo in French; titling and text underlay (2 strophes) in English. Text credited to Henry Rutherford Eliot [!Elliot]. Dedication: "To the dearest friend Walter Damrosch." - The Manger Song of Mary: Oblong octavo (272 x 176 mm). Bifolium. Notated in black ink on 10-stave paper with blindstamp of Lard-Esnault, Bellamy, Paris. [i] (title with signature and date: October 16-23, 1921), 2, [i] (blank) pp. In 4-stave systems: one for solo voice ("contralto"), one blank, and two for piano ("ad libitum"). Text (4 strophes) and all literals in English. Text credited to Edwin Markham. Dedication: "To Mistress Mabel Montgomery Tuttle." Both manuscripts slightly browned; creased; slight loss to lower outer corner of first leaf, not affecting music. With scribal copies of both songs, both in the same hand: - "Laugh it off" [no exclamation point]: Folio (346 x 267 mm). Bifolium. Notated in black ink on 10-stave paper, "Melodie Trademark No. 0." 4 pp. No date. Some bleeding. Frayed at edges, with slight loss, not affecting music. - The Manger Song of Mary: Folio (343 x 278 mm). Bifolium. Notated in black ink on 12-stave paper, "Monarch Brand Warranted Nr. 3 - Carl Fischer, New York." 3, [i] (blank) pp. No date. Together with: Copyright forms of the Société des Auteurs, Compositeur et Editeurs de Musique (SACEM; French authors' rights society) and cover letter from the Symphony Society of New York to J. T. Roach of the publisher Hinds, Hayden & Eldredge, New York. 1 page. August 2, 1923. On letterhead, typed and signed by the society's manager, George Engles. Engles asks Roach to have the papers signed by the poets. Together with: Two typed letters from Walter Damrosch's office to [J.T.] Roach. Oblong octavo. On stationery with Damrosch's letterhead and signed, "Lillian Day[?]." The first, dated January 3, 1921, is the cover letter to a "corrected copy of M. Widor's song Le Chene du souvenir" (the song is not present). The second, dated November 14, 1921, inquires about royalties Damrosch sent to Camille Saint-Saëns and Ralph Vaughan Williams; the writer wants to adjust Damrosch's French bank account; bank receipt (Morgan, Harjes & Co, Paris), dated July 8, 1921, is attached. Unrecorded and presumably unpublished. The texts are by Henry Rutherford Elliot (1849-1906), a journalist in New York, and Edwin Markham (1852-1940), an American poet. "Laugh it off!" is a humorous song in a popular style; The Manger Song of Mary is a lullaby in a more sophisticated style. The correspondence suggests that both of Vidal's songs were slated for publication by Hinds, Hayden & Eldredge in 1923; the scribal copies were most likely intended as engraver's copies. One of the poets (Elliot), however, was no longer alive; there are no materials in the present collection mentioning his heirs. In any case, the SACEM forms (also Markham's) remained unsigned. The publication stalled, and the songs were apparently never published. A French conductor, teacher and composer, " Vidal is particularly remembered as a fine teacher who was sympathetic to new ideas. At the Paris Conservatoire he taught classes in solfège (from 1894), piano accompaniment (from 1896) and composition (from 1909)... Vidal's most successful compositions were the ballet La maladetta (1893), which had been performed nearly 200 times by 1930, and the light opera Eros." David Charlton in Grove Music Online. Mabel Montgomery Tuttle (born Mabel Chauvenet Holden, 1873-after 1921) studied piano with Theodor Leschetizky and Teresa Carreño.