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MARIUS CASADESUSVIOLINIST

One page autographed letter signed to Ernesta Rinaldi, mother of the Italian composer Nino Rota, Amsterdam, October 28, 1929.  With an original 8” x 10” press photograph holding his violin and the manuscript of the “Adelaide” Concerto in 1977.

Mademoiselle

 

Your kind letter of October 21st to Vienna found me in Holland where we are presently on tour. We return to Paris towards the 7th or 8th of November and at this moment we can adjust everything in person with my brother Henri whichever will be preferred.

 

Would you like write, or call us when will be in Paris, so that we will definitely make my appointment.

In the meantime it will be a pleasure to meet you please accept mademoiselle the assurance of our kind  feelings to you.

 

Marius Casadesus

October 28, 1929

Casadesus (1892-1981) was a fine violinist, a luthier, composer and a bit of a musical scoundrel.  He was born into a serious musical family of Catalan descent and the youngest of nine children.  Eight of the nine were professional musicians and were taught by their Father initially.  He won first prize at the Paris Conservatoire in violin in 1914 and initially became a touring concert violinist, many time accompanies by his pianist nephew Robert.  In 1924, with a weeks notice, he was the first violinist to play Ravel’s “Tzigane” in the presence of the composer in Barcelona, several weeks after the World Premiere (May 7, 1924).  The World Premiere in 1922 was performed on April 24, 1924 by the dedicatee Jelly d'Arányi in London without Ravel.  Casadesus formed the Marius Casadesus String Quartet and in 1920 joined the Société Nouvelle des Instruments Anciens which was founded by his brother Henri in 1901 with Camille Saint-Saëns.  He was an important member of the early music movement of the time.  Casadesus was also a luthier, making period replica string instruments.  The violinist also founded the music ensemble Violes et Violins which also worked to establish playing practices of an earlier time.  Many of the instruments he made and collected are now housed at the Boston Symphony Orchestra, as well as several museums in France.  Marius also played in the Casadesus Trio with his nephew Robert at the piano and cellist Maurice Marachel. The violinist was also made a Commander of the Legion d’Honneur in 1962.

Now for the scoundrel part.  Marius announced in 1931 that he had discovered the “Adelaide” violin concerto by Mozart.  He offered it as an “edited” edition to the Concerts Lamoreaux for a premiere of the newly discovered work.  A musicologist by the name of Alfred Einstein began to question the authenticity of the work, which had made the World-Wide rounds, been recorded by Yehudi Menuhin and even made it into the Köchel list.  The mystery began to deepen when Casadesus could not offer up the original manuscript which he had claimed to have worked from when writing the orchestration.  At some point he decided to collect royalties and it dissolved very quickly into a court case in 1977, when he finally fessed up to writing the entire work himself.  He was not the only member of the family to have done this sort of thing, his brother Henri brought out purported original works by Bach and Handel which turned out to be his own original works.

Ernesta Rinaldi was the mother of composer Nina Rota.  She was a known Italian pianist and his first teacher.

A scarce letter.