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FIRMIN TOUCHE - VIOLINIST

Autographed one page letter on mourning stationary, “Le Clos” hotel, Bizy-Vernon (Eure), February 28, 1937.

Dear Sir,

 

I am pleased to give all my sincere congratulations on your appointment which makes me doubly delighted  that such continuity allows me to maintain the friendly artistic relations that I had for many years with your dear Father.

 

My best wishes to Madame your mother. Dear sir, believe me of the assurance of my very sympathetic sentiments.

Touche (1875-1957) was an important man in musical Paris.  He was from 1914-1929 the Concertmaster of the Paris Opera and Opera Comique Orchestras. (Save his military service during World War I from 1916-1918)  He was also for many years the Concertmaster of the Colonne Concerts.  He was also one of the violin Professors at the Paris Conservatoire.  Touche additionally played in several chamber music ensembles including the Hayot Quartet; briefly in 1903 the Capet Quartet; and most famously his own, The Firmin Touche Quartet.  The Touche Quartet famously played the World Premiere of Ravel’s Introduction and Allegro for Harp, Flute Clarinet and String Quartet in 1907.  In addition to Ravel, the violinist worked extensively with Fauré, Saint-Saëns, Gaubert, D’Indy and Debussy. Touche also played numerous recitals and concertos with other orchestras, The Concerts Lamoreaux, The Concerts du Conservatoire are two of the orchestras in which he often played.  The pianist Blanche Selva also served as one of his accompanists in recitals.  As a teacher, Touche wrote several violin works, including a volume of 26 etudes.  His pupils included: Gerda v. Bülow, Enyss Djemil, Raymond Gallois-Montbrun, Stephane Grappelli, Jean Laurent, Yeou Cheng-Ma, Eduard Melkus, Jacques Murgier, Robert Planel, Angel Reyes and Eddie South.

A rare violinist autograph!