Strauss, Richard

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Strauss, Richard



Typed letter signed



Typed letter (with an autograph amendment) signed, two pages, 8,25 x 10,5 inch, `Operntheater` letterhead, Vienna, 22.02.1921, in German, reply letter to attorney Dr. Paul Klemperer - concerning a contractual issue with soprano Lucie Weidt* - the client of his correspondent, signed in dark ink "Richard Strauss", with intersecting letter folds and mild browning - in fine to very fine condition. Translated: "Dear Doctor! In response to your letter of February 21, allow me to say that I am `not legally trained enough` [handwritten] to understand how you can possibly state, in the name of your client, that she wants to `waive` her contractual right to her vacation from April 15 to May 1 and from June 15 to July 1 when in fact all winter she has not fulfilled her contractual commitments to the National Opera, and how she can demand a guest artist honorarium for these summer months when she hasn`t fulfilled her singing contest yet. / However, since the previous negotiations have been conducted by Director Schalk, I am happy to declare my incompetence in the Weidt case and do not want to anticipate Director Schalk in his further negotiations. I recommend therefore that Frau Weidt present her wishes in person to Director Schalk in Rome. Since I personally feel that Frau Weidt has broken her contract, my involvement in the ongoing negotiations would probably not be very advantageous to her... With the exquisite respect - Richard Strauss" * Curiously, this letter refers to soprano Lucie Weidt, who became a famous Leonore in `Fidelio` and was the first Viennese Marschallin in Strauss` `Der Rosenkavalier` and created a role in Strauss` `Die Frau ohne Schatten`.

Additional Information

SKU 6031921
Profession composer
Year of birth 1864
year of death 1949
Size in inch (1 inch = 2.5 cm) 8,25 x 10,5
Condition fine
Type of Autograph letters
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