Text Box: MUSIC AUTOGRAPHS AND EPHEMERA BOUGHT AND SOLD
Text Box: HARMONIE AUTOGRAPHS AND MUSIC INC.

MUSIC AUTOGRAPHS & ANTIQUARIAN

Price: $2000.00

FINE CONDITION

HECTOR BERLIOZ - COMPOSER
Text Box: COMPOSER AUTOGRAPHS

Phone: 212-860-5541  *  Fax: 917-677-8247

 

One page autographed letter, Friday evening, no place, no date.

 

Friday evening

Madame

 

It will be next Monday at 6, if that suits you.  At my home you would have met D’Ortigue with Leon Kreutzer, but he left for Provence a few days ago.

 

With rushed greetings, Your most devoted

 

H. Berlioz

 

Berlioz was the most innovative French composer of the mid 19th Century.  He needed friends to support his output and one of his oldest was the musicologist-critic Joseph d’Ortigue (1802-1866) who provided a true understanding of the composer’s works and was able to broadcast to the public with his critiques.  Berlioz was so close to him, that he used the familiar “tu” when writing to him, something he rarely did in his letters.  Leon Kreutzer (1817-1868) was both a composer and a critic.  He also was a big supporter of Berlioz and also Franz Liszt.  Berlioz wrote to him in sheer delight after Liszt sent Kreutzer’s critique of “La Damnation de Faust” in 1855, in part,

 

Were you by chance the real author of the piece? And have I merely plagiarized from you?  How the valiant music-manufacturers of Paris must have opened their eyes when they read you!  But after all if they opened their eyes when they read you, or shut them when they hear me, what does it matter?  Neither you, nor I have ever pretended, I imagine, to work for them.

 

With a 3” x 5” image of the composer.

 

Age toning from earlier framing, else fine.