Lot 225

Fred Rogers 1951 Musical Score and Handwritten Letter

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Rogers, Fred (aka Mr. Rogers) (James Joyce), A Poem from Chamber Music by James Joyce, 1951, 4 page handwritten musical score and lyrics written by Fred Rogers while he was a senior at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, together with a letter dated February 18, 1951, from Rogers to his friend J. Fred Listel, who was the music critic of the Pittsburgh Sun Telegraph from 1928 until its merger with the Post-Gazette in 1960. The 41 line letter refers to the musical score, as well working on "sonic settings to a few American folk songs." It also contains some bucolic musings that came to be the hallmark of Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood and a list of the pieces he's performing at the school's Bach festival. He ends the letter by thanking Lissfelt for sending him a copy of his 1938 book "The Basic Principles of Artistic Singing" and signs the letter "Your Boy, Fred." The entire collection is housed in the original mailing envelope, addressed to Lissfelt's Squirrel Hill home in Pittsburgh, and postmarked Winter Park, Florida, February 19, 1951. Fred Rogers would play Two Songs from Chamber Music and 3 Folk Songs for his Senior Recital of Original Compositions in May, 1951, at the school's Conservatory of Music. This is a very early, if not the first, original composition written by Rogers to be performed; and a fascinating link between the American icon and Joyce, the experimental Irish writer.


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