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ALFRED CORTOT - PIANIST

Autographed three page letter on two sheets of Hotel Bellevue Palace stationary to his friend Jean van der Spek, Berne, November 8, 1951.

 

8 November 51

 

Dear Friend:

 

My first concert in Belgium will take place on the 19th in Brussels, in the Palais des Beaux Arts, after which I go to Ghent and LiŤge Ė and so I think that the best date for the friendly reunion you suggest would be the 20th. Does that suit you as well as Madame Van der Spek whom I will be delighted to meet.

 

I believe that I have already seen the Chopin manuscript to which you allude. It must be a question of the Nocturne written for his sister Louise to prepare her to study the Concerto in F minor; two pages in very small format coming from Princess Czartoryski.....Marie Beres....If you have the MS sent to you as a communication for the 19th, Iíll be better able to advise you.

 

Unnecessary to tell you how much it will interest me to learn about your Studio projects, promising beautiful musical manifestations!

 

Until soon, then, dear Friend. Please offer my greetings to Madame Van der Spek and with my heartfelt† good wishes for you

 

Al Cortot

 

The legendary Swiss pianist had a long friendship with Jean van der Spek, the Belgian concert promoter.† They both were collectors of musical manuscripts and Chopin was a specialty.† Cortotís collection began in earnest after the Second World War, when many manuscripts of the major Romantic composers reached the market.† The specific manuscript in question was the Nocturne in C Sharp Minor, composed in 1830 for his eldest sister (Ludwika, also known as Louise) as a preparation for her to play his Second Piano Concerto.† He wrote on the manuscript, For my sister Louise to play, before she practices my second concerto.† The work was published posthumously in 1875 and at that point belonged to his pupil Princess Marcelina Czartoryska, (1817-1894) a pupil of Chopinís who was in the room at the time of his death and was willed all of the Chopin manuscripts in his sisterís possession at the time of her death in 1855.†

 

A most interesting Cortot letter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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