The Cherubini Society

The Cherubini Society (U.K.) / 1948

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Design: The design is carefully arranged in symmetrical fashion, being typeset in two completely different fonts which unfortunately do not work very well in combination, a sans serif (Gill Medium) and a delicate 'engraved' script (Bernhard Cursive).

History: Willem Mengelberg (1871-1951), a highly-respected conductor, was invited in 1948 to become president of the Cherubini Society by its British founder, M. G. Thomas (Luigi Cherubini, 1760-1842, was an 18th century Italian composer of operas and religious music). Mengelberg had been prohibited from appearing on stage in his native Holland because he had been supportive of the German occupation of that country during WWII; Thomas was one of those who wished to restore his lost respectability. Label scan courtesy of musicologist and collector Bill Dean-Myatt of the U.K.




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