John Ogdon

John Ogdon

Reference number:

8216
£120.00

Description:

An original 1968 Harrogate Festival Book page, clearly signed in ballpoint by John Ogdon (best wishes) and his conductor Igor Buketoff.

Suitable for mounting and display.

Certification:

Dated Saturday 17th August 1968. AFTAL Dealer No13 and UACC RD Memorabilia UK COA.

Size:

26x20cm Size

Condition:

Very Good. View Image.

John Ogdon

Reference number:

8092
£195.00

Description:

An original John Ogdon Chichester Festival Theatre programme for Sunday 13th October 1968, clearly signed in ballpoint on the front cover "To Ida Cole all good wishes John Ogdon".

Double mounted for fine display with photographs.

Certification:

On an original 1968 concert programme. AFTAL Dealer No13 and UACC RD Memorabilia UK COA.

Size:

22x13cm Sized Programme

18x14in >> Acid Free Mount >> Unframed

Condition:

Good. We would rate as 8/10.

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About John Ogdon

John Ogdon

JOHN OGDON autograph d1989. English composer and concert piano genius born in Nottinghamshire in 1937. He studied at the Royal Manchester College of Music from 1945 ; his teachers included Claude Biggs / Denis Matthews / Gordon Green and Egon Petri.  In composition he joined the Manchester New Music Group, which included fellow Manchester contemporaries Birtwistle / Goehr and Maxwell Davies amongst its members. ln 1958, Ogdon made his London debut playing the Busoni Piano Concerto at the Proms.  He came to international attention when he won the Liszt prize in Budapest in 1961 and the first prize in the 1962 Moscow Tchaikovsky Competition jointly with Vladimir Ashkenazy. Ogdon was equally at home with the classics and in modern repertoire, but he was perhaps most renowned for championing the music of the 20th Century British composers.  In addition to first performances of numerous works by the Manchester New Music Group, he pioneered first performances of works by Elgar / Rawsthorne and Tippett.  At the same time, he explored much neglected music from the late Romantic period.  He was a formidable exponent of Alkan / Busoni /Rachmaninov / Scriabin and Schoenberg. He never forgot Liszt and was one of the first players to revive almost forgotten pieces by the composer. He also mastered the two piano repertoire with Brenda Lucas whom he married in 1960. Ogdon's health was good and his physical constitution was strong, as his wife often recalled in her biography. A gentle giant, known and loved for his kindness and generosity, he had tremendous energy. But an everyday business argument seemed to upset him more than expected and then suddenly in 1973 he experienced a severe breakdown. This sometimes changed his gentle giant personality completely. His illness was diagnosed initially as possibly schizophrenia, but then changed to manic depression (either was possibly inherited from his father, who committed suicide). Ogdon spent some time in the Maudsley Hospital in London and in general needed more nursing than it was possible to provide while touring. Nevertheless, he was reported to maintain three hours' practice a day on the hospital's piano. In 1983, after emerging from hospital, he played at the opening of the Nottingham Royal Concert Hall. He died in August 1989 of pneumonia probably brought on by his undiagnosed diabetes. The BBC made a film about his life titled "Virtuoso" based on his biography written by Brenda Lucas Ogdon. This production regarded Ogdon's illness as manic depression rather than schizophrenia, as he responded much better to treatment for the former condition. Brenda Ogdon also recalled being informed that his obsessive musical work could have been a symptom of manic depression. John Ogdon leaves an invaluable legacy of recordings made over a span of 30 years .....

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John Ogdon

Reference number:

6343
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Description:

A desirable handwritten signed 1965 letter in ink ;

8 Highfield Gardens London NW11 November 1st 1965. "Dear Mr Carter, Thank you very much for your letter of August 18th. I have much pleasure in enclosing an autograph, and must apologise for the long delay. Yours sincerely John Ogdon".

Double mounted for fine display with photographs.

Certification:

CERTIFICATION ; An original letter that really authenticates itself. AFTAL Dealer No13 and UACC RD Memorabilia UK COA.

Size:

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