Mendelssohn, Felix

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Mendelssohn, Felix



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Autograph letter signed, one page, 7,5 x 9,75 inch, Leipzig, 11.02.1837, in German, reply letter to Mr. G. A. Henckel (another composer) - Mendelssohn informs his correspondent that he received the addressee's piano piece too late to include it in an album by Breitkopf and Härtel or in the upcoming subscription concerts Mendelssohn was then organizing in Leipzig, written and signed in black ink "Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy", attractively mounted (removable) for fine display with a portrait picture of Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (altogether 16,5 x 11,75 inch), with browning and intersecting letter folds with separations (partly restored verso with tape) - in fine to good condition. Accompanied by the original envelope (unfolded) with red wax seal. "Hochgeehrter Herr Ihr geehrtes Schreiben mit der Sendung von Musikalien habe ich leider viel zu spät erhalten, um einen der darin enthaltenen Wünsche erfüllen zu können. Das Album von Breitkopf & Härtel ist bereits seit Weihnachten fertig u. erschienen, so daß Ihr Clavierstück […] mir beinahe 2 Monate nach seiner Beendigung zukam, u. auch das Repertoir für die Abonnement-Concerte wird zu Anfang des Januar bestimmt, u. sind diesmal zu den noch übrigen 4 Concerten so viel neue Compositionen eingesandt, daß eine Aenderung der voraus bestimmten Stücke nicht eintreten darf. Ich übergebe die Sendung so wie die vorige an Hrn. Kummer, hoffe daß sie richtig wieder in Ihre Hände gelangen möge, und bedaure daß es mir nicht möglich ist Ihnen eine Gefälligkeit zu erweisen, durch die ich mir selbst ein Vergnügen gemacht haben würde. Hochachtungsvoll, ergebenst Leipzig 11 Febr. 1837 - Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy" Translated: "'Dear Sir Unfortunately I received your letter and the mailing of music much too late to satisfy one of the wishes you expressed. The Breitkopf and Härtel album has been finished since Christmas and has come out, meaning that your piano piece reached me almost two months after its completion. Also, the repertory for the subscription concerts gets determined in early January and this time so many new compositions are being submitted for the 4 remaining concerts that a [....] of the pre-selected pieces cannot happen. I am handing your materials as well as this letter to Mr. Kummer and hope that they get back into your hands safely. I regret that I am unable to do you a favor, as I would have been glad myself to render this service. Respectfully, sincerely Leipzig 11 Febr. 1837 - Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy" After moving to Leipzig in 1835, Mendelssohn became a central figure in the town's music scene, where he directed the Gewandhaus Orchestra, arranged public concerts, and promoted the music of other composers. He became friends with Hermann Härtel, who had recently taken over his family's Leipzig-based music-publishing firm Breitkopf & Härtel. With these and his other connections in the music world, Mendelssohn was frequently sent music by aspiring composers hoping to have their pieces performed and/or published. Fully aware of his role and influence in the Leipzig cultural vanguard, he took great pride in developing the city's rich musical history, selecting concert repertoire, and responding to these inquiries from composers, one of whom was a young Richard Wagner. Provenance: The estate of J.D. McClatchy (1945-2018), American poet, librettist, literary critic, and former president of The American Academy of Arts and Letters, Stonington, CT

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SKU 6027341
Profession German composer, pianist, organist and conductor of the early Romantic period - Mendelssohn's compositions include symphonies, concertos, piano music and chamber music
Year of birth 1809
year of death 1847
Size in inch (1 inch = 2.5 cm) 7,5 x 9,75 (altogether 16,5 x 11,75 inch)
Condition fine to good
Type of Autograph letters
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