Leppard, Raymond


1974 Christmas greeting card ANS by the British conductor-harpsichordist


Autograph ID: 5669
Condition: Very good
Description: “(1927-2019) British conductor and harpsichordist, played an instrumental role in the rebirth of interest in baroque music in the 1960s, in particular, one of the first major conductors to perform baroque opera.

In 1952 he made his London debut then conducted his own Leppard Ensemble. He became closely associated with the Goldsbrough Orchestra (later, the English Chamber Orchestra) in 1960. He gave harpsichord recitals, and was a fellow of Trinity College and a lecturer in music 1958-68. He retired from his post as Director of Music at Trinity College in 1968.

One of the most respected international conductors of his time, has appeared with nearly all of the world’s leading orchestras in 4 decades on the podium. He has composed a number of film scores including the music for “Lord of the Flies”, “Laughter in the Dark” and “Hotel New Hampshire”. Leppard has appeared with the New York Philharmonic on 7 occasions, toured with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Detroit Symphony Orchestra and has conducted many other major orchestras, including the Boston Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Israel OPhilharmonic Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra (including the Last Night of the Proms), and in all European capital cities and in Japan.

In 1969, he made his US debut conducting the Westminster Choir and New York Philharmonic, also appearing as soloist in Hayden’s “Harpsichord Concerto in D major”. In 1973 he became principal conductor of the BBC Northern Symphony Orchestra in Manchester, remaining until 1980. Leppard also conducted Britten’s “Billy Budd” at the Metropolitan and San Francisco Operas, and “Alceste” and “Alcina” at the New York City Opera. He also conducted at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and in Paris, Hamburg, Santa Fe, Stockholm, and Geneva. He was music director of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra 1987-2001 and served as Music Advisor to The Louisville Orchestra 2004-06. Leppard also served as Artist-in-Residence at the University of Indianapolis. He was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE).

5 1/4 x 16 (opened ) Victoria and Albert Museum Christmas card with color postcard showing ca. 1530 “Adoration of the Magi” South German enamelled gold plate at right side. At left, Leppard pens at red printed greeting: “all good wishes for Christmas/1974 I hope we may/meet again in it./[signed[/So many thanks for the delightful platter.” From the collection of M. Scott Mampe, later head of the Classical Division (US) of Philips Records, coordinating activities with Philips’ headquarters in the Netherlands and an office in London.”
Type: Christmas Card

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