Iturbi, Jose (1895 – 1980)
Basque conductor, harpsichordist, pianist and actor.
TLS – Typewritten Letter Signed, one page, 1977, to a physician – collector. In fine condition. Accompanied by a VINTAGE, 8″x10″ black and white glossy character still of Iturbi seated at the piano (from the 1944 film Music for Millions, co – starring Jimmy Durante, June Allyson and Margaret O’Brien). Letter reads: As you can see by the date on the photograph, (not included) I took care immediately, but an unexpected trip forced me to set aside correspondence until lnow. With my sincere thanks for your kind compliments…
Spanish – born, acclaimed classical pianist, conductor and film star. Appeared in several Hollywood films of the 1940s, notably playing himself in the 1943 musical, Thousands Cheer and in the 1945 film Anchors Aweigh. From 1936 – 44 he was conductor of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. He also led the Valencia Symphony Orchestra for many years. A noted harsichordist, Iturbi made several short – length instructional films utilizing the re – emergent early 20th Century French Pleyel et Cie pedal, metal – framed harsichord made famous by Wanda Landowska. Unfortunately, while films made Iturbi very popular during his lifetime, Iturbi’s musical exhibitionism and Hollywood appearances caused many connoisseurs to undervalue him as a serious musician. Overall dimensions 13″x22″.