Composers Sondheim, Rorem, Bolcom, Gordon and More Contribute "Musical Autographs" for Auction

News   Composers Sondheim, Rorem, Bolcom, Gordon and More Contribute "Musical Autographs" for Auction The Lotte Lehmann Foundation, the not-for-profit group that advocates the art song and promotes the legacy of the late German singer, is auctioning handwritten musical phrases by noted composers, including Stephen Sondheim, Ricky Ian Gordon and Ned Rorem, as a fundraiser.

The silent auction allows bidders to view and read about auction items — Sondheim penned the opening notes for "Send in the Clowns" and signed the paper, for example — and bid online throughout the duration of the auction.

The online auction ends May 12 at midnight. A digital image of each composer's autograph appears at llfauction.org.

According to organizers, each "musical autograph" consists of three musical staves pre-printed on a sheet of 8.5-by-11-inch archival grade Acid-free paper with a neutral or basic pH (seven or slightly greater). It addresses the problem of preserving documents for long periods. Each composer was asked to provide a few measures in their own handwriting of one of their compositions. A letter of authenticity accompanies each autograph.

Once online bidding has closed, those who attend in person at the silent auction cocktail party in New York on May 13 will have a final opportunity to outbid online bidders.

All proceeds go to Lotte Lehmann Foundation. The entirety of the bid is tax-deductible. For more information about the Lotte Lehmann Foundation, visit http://lottelehmann.org.