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ALFRED CORTOT - PIANIST

The French-Swiss pianist writes a two page letter on his Lausanne, Switzerland stationary to his friend Jean van der Spek, with transmittal envelope, May 13, 1950.

A short stay in Lausanne gives me the privilege of acknowledging the lovely way in which you enriched my collection of musical memorabilia. The letter by D'Indy is marked by such charming good spirits and evokes the happy impressions of his Tableaux de Voyage… …I would be delighted to hear Mme. Fontigny do some Schumann pieces. But she would need to indicate her choice to the director of the Lausanne Conservatory

Cortot owned a second home in Lausanne, where he spent more time as he grew older.  He also gave master classes at the Conservatoire there periodically.  D’Indy’s “Tableau de Voyage” op. 33 was written in 13 parts in 1889 after his trip to Bayreuth in 1888, the work was influenced by the journey. Cortot had his own memories of Bayreuth .  From 1898-1901 Cortot spent his Summers there working with Cosima Wagner, Liszt’s daughter as a rehearsal pianist, choral conductor and assistant pit conductor.  He was also regularly engaged by Frau Wagner to play Wagner’s piano in her salon at Wahnfried for her friends and guests.  This stood him in good stead as he led performances later on of Wagner’s operas at the Paris Opera.