Strauss II, Johann

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Strauss II, Johann



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Autograph letter signed, four pages (on two adjoining sheets - both sides), 4,5 x 7 inch, 29 September (probably 1893), in German, to Gustav Davis (librettist of the operetta `Jaburka` - premiere 1894) - detailed and content-rich letter about a musical work, written and signed in dark ink "Jean", with intersecting mailing folds, very mild browning, and two letters of the signature are slightly smeared - in fine to very fine condition. In parts: "Lieber Gustl! Morgen Sonntag sende ich Dir die BamboreNummer (III. Akt). Übermorgen erhältst das Markt Couplet (...) In dem Vorspiel habe ich Danke Dir nach Durchsichtnahme der (unbedeutenden Einleitungsstücke) entdeckt, daß 3 Takte nicht fertig instrumentiert waren. Wundere mich übrigens, daß ein Musiker wie Louis Roth (wenigstens dem Instinkt nach) annehmen konnte, daß das was orchestral fehlte meine Absicht gewesen. Gott! Die Menschen sind dumm et cum iis ego! Wenn der Arrangeur mir eine solche Dummheit im Orchestersatze zutraut - so gehört der gute Louis der Katze! Er müßte denn augenblicklich gefühlt haben, daß die betreffende Stelle in der Orchestration zu leer gelassen um dem Charakter derselben zu entsprechen. Gott! Sind die Menschen dumm ..." Translated: "Dear Gustl! Tomorrow, Sunday, I will send you the bambore number (Act III). The day after tomorrow you will get the market couplet (...) In the prelude I have thank you after looking through the (insignificant introductory pieces) discovered that 3 bars were not finished instrumented. Incidentally, I`m surprised that a musician like Louis Roth (at least instinctively) could assume that what was missing orchestral was my intention. God! People are stupid et cum iis ego! If the arranger trusts me with such stupidity in the orchestra phrases - the good Louis belongs to the cat (=is useless) ! He must have instantly felt that the passage in question in the orchestration was too empty to correspond to its character. God! Are people stupid ..."

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SKU 6021418
Profession also known as Johann Strauss Jr., the Younger, the Son (German: Sohn), Johann Baptist Strauss, son of Johann Strauss I, was an Austrian composer of light music, particularly dance music and operettas
Year of birth 1825
year of death 1899
Size in inch (1 inch = 2.5 cm) 4,5 x 7
Condition fine to very fine
Type of Autograph letters