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Two page autographed letter signed by the French composer and his son, the well known painter Léonce de Joncières, January 1, 1895.  With a postcard portrait.

Joncières writes,

1 January , 1895

Dear friend

Thank you for your word of affection. I saw with pleasure that you have succeeded perfectly in Lyon. I wish you luck with the Director in Paris a great theater, worthy of you.

Your affectionate.

Victorin Jon

I reckon you will play Lancelot in Lyons, at the same time if you forget Paris.

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1 January

My good wishes and many friendships.

L. de Joncières

Joncières (1839-1903) studied music as a child, but planned to be a painter.  For fun, he composed an opera-comique for some Paris Conservatoire friends of his in 1859, which received performances at the Salle Lyrique. After attending a Paris concert conducted by Richard Wagner in 1860, he abandoned painting to become a composer.  He studied briefly at the Conservatoire, leaving after a disagreement with a professor about Wagner’s music.  He continued his studies privately.  His first performed compositions were marches and incidental music, including supplying incidental music to performances of “Hamlet” in a production produced by Alexandre Dumas fils. A separate performance of the music was given in Paris with the composer at the podium in 1863 and again in 1867 in Nantes with the legendary actress Judith as Ophelie.  His first important opera debut was in 1867 at the Theatre Lyrique, the opera “Sardanpale” based upon a novel by Lord Byron received 16 performances.  In 1869 also at the Lyrique, his opera “Le Dernier Jour de Pompeii” received 13 performances.  He followed the opera the same year with a Violin Concerto.  1869 was the Lyrique’s final year and he was without an artistic home, though in 1873 his “Symphonie Romantique” received its’ first performance. In 1876 he premiered his most important work, the opera “Dimitri” at the opening of the Gaité Theatre.  “Dimitri” is an adaptation of the Boris Godounov story.  His Paris Opera debut was in 1878 with the Opera, “Reine Berthe” and his Opera Comqieu debut was in 1885 with his “Chevalier Jean” which was far more successful in Germany.  His opera “Lancelot” mentioned in this letter opened at the Paris Opera on February 7, 1900.  

Joncières is also remembered for his music criticism in the journal “La Liberté”.  From 1871 through 1900, his writing under the pen name, “Jennius” was both cheered and feared by the composer’s and musicians of France. 

His son Léonce (1871-1947) was a well known French painter whose works vary between realism and impressionism.  A number of paintings have sold at major auction houses throughout the World.

 

 

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