Apr 17

How rare is this photo from ISCM 1922? Spot the famous composers!

Digging deep into the Lebrecht archives we found this truly rare line up from the 1922 ISCM conference (International Society for Contemporary Music). It includes some of the great composers who would leave an indelible mark on the pre-war and post war classical music world. From left to right: Karl Weigl, Karl Alwin, Wilhem Grosz, Arthur Bliss, Paul Hindemith, Rudolf Reti, Ethel Smyth, Paul A Fisk, Willem Pijper, Egon Lustgarten, Egon Wellescz, Anton Webern, Karl Horowitz, Hugo Kauder

ISCM Festival at Salzburg  1922

Apr 14

Special bequest to Lebrecht Music & Arts – the Kevin L Seligman Memorial Collection


Lebrecht Music & Arts are thrilled to announce that we have received as a bequest the Kevin L Seligman Memorial Collection of LPs of musicals, donated by Elizabeth Adducci and James Adducci.

Kevin L Seligman created an extensive collection of American and English LPs, spanning every kind of musical and singer. Many of the titles represent his life’s work as a costume designer. Seligman was well known for his book Cutting for All!: The Sartorial Arts, Related Crafts, and the Commercial Paper Pattern, published in 1996. He worked as Professor of Theatre Arts at Northern Illinois University and acted as commissioner of the Costume Design and Technology Commission of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology from 1988-1991. In addition to the Lebrecht bequest, he donated 22,000 patterns to the Los Angeles County Museum of Arts.

We have started work on scanning the 600 LP covers, which cover both theatrical productions and film soundtracks, from Oliver! to Kiss Me Kate, Oh What a Lovely War, Hair, The Wizard of Oz and Grease. The collection includes stage productions of Porgy and Bess, South Pacific and Meet Me in St Louis in their original 78 rpm shellac recordings, plus a very rare LP recording of The Cradle Will Rock, the 1937 musical by Mark Blitzstein.

Famous composers are well-represented as Seligman amassed all the Stephen Sondheim original LPs, as well as works by Andrew Lloyd Weber, Leonard Bernstein and Rodgers & Hammerstein. There are also covers of musicals created by the writing partnership of Betty Comden and Adolph Green.

In addition to musical works, the collection also features collected recordings by legendary performers, such as Ella Fitzgerald and Barbara Streisand.

Many of the LP covers are already online and can be viewed by clicking on THIS LINK or the image above. For further information about licensing the covers, please contact us at pictures@lebrecht.co.uk.

Apr 14

Obituary pictures from Author Pictures at Lebrecht – Gunter Grass, German writer

Gùnter Grass, German writer, author of The Tin Drum published in 1959 and winner of Nobel Prize for Literature in 1999 has passed away. He was a novelist, poet, playwright, illustrator, graphic artist and sculptor.

Translator Anthea Bell said Grass was “a literary figure of the most enormous stature in postwar German letters, and throughout the world.”

He was a figure of controversy for his views about Germany.

16 October 1927 – 13 April 2015

Gunther Grass
© John Haynes

Günter Grass
© Interfoto

Günter Grass' novel -
© Interfoto

Apr 01

Obituary images for Cynthia Lennon, first wife of John Lennon, 10 September 1939 – 1 April 2015

John Lennon and Cynthia PowellCynthia Lennon, the first wife of John Lennon and mother of Julian Lennon, has died at the age of 75. We have some wonderful portraits of Cynthia Lennon our website, accompanying John Lennon on tour at the height of Beatlemania, and in the 1980s after their divorce and John Lennon’s death. For the full selection, see http://www.authorpictures.co.uk/search?s=cynthia%20lennon.

The Beatles in New York

Cynthia Lennon

Mar 31

London in the Fifties


London in the 1950s … post-war austerity, the 1951 Festival of Britain and a swirling fog on Hampstead Heath.

Out of the deep recesses of photographer Godfrey MacDomnic‘s estate, we have discovered ninety astonishing images of a near-forgotten past. The many shades of black and white paint vivid memories of a lost time, conjuring up people patiently queuing at night for a number 2 double decker bus to Golders Green; headlamps searching for a pathway in the fog; early morning mists as silhouettes watch a guards’ parade; a child wheeling her doll’s pram through the park; a visit to the vet; and views over Greenwich naval college and Big Ben.

Godfrey MacDomnic‘s images are perfect works of art, both in terms of definition and composition. Scanning the photographs for our website did not involve any re-touching work on our side. It is very rare to find a collection like this.

The images are now available to view on our website and ready for licensing. These striking photographs would make wonderful book covers or greetings cards.

Click HERE for the full gallery.

For further information, please contact us at pictures@lebrecht.co.uk.

Mar 30

Obituary photos of Swedish Poet Tomas Tranströmer from Author Pictures at Lebrecht

Tomas Tranströmer, Swedish poet and winner of 1990 Neustadt International Prize for Literature and the 2011 Nobel Prize in Literature has passed away.

He has been acclaimed as one of the most important Scandinavian writers since the Second World War. His poems have been translated into over 60 languages.

15 April 1931 – 26 March 2015

Photos by Lebrecht photographer Miriam Berkley.

Tomas Tranströmer

Tomas Tranströmer