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IGNAZ FRIEDMAN - PIANIST

Extraordinary large quarto autographed letter by the legendary Polish pianist, Siusi, Italy, May 10, 1939.

The pianist writes to presumably German speaking Jewish concert managers in Palestine seeking a re-engagement with the Palestine Orchestra for December, 1939. (He played his first series of concerts with the Palestine Symphony in May of 1938. ) He suggests the Brahms D minor Concerto (1) and the Chopin E minor Concerto (1).† Friedman also seeks concerts in Egypt, Turkey and Greece.

Friedman (1882-1948) writes from his home in Siusi in the Italian Alps.† Which at this time was his only home, as the Germans confiscated his Berlin home and bank accounts.† He also was taking a risk living in his home Siusi, as the Italian racial laws, designed to appease Mussoliniís German friends took effect in November, 1938.† The pianist was in Amsterdam in December, 1939, the concert he requested in Palestine in fact never took place.† Friedman also wrote to Josef Hofmann for help, as he wanted to settle in America, but was rebuffed.† He was fortunate to contract with managers in Australia for a concert tour in June, 1940 and left from Marseilles, France on May 3rd, days before the Naziís invaded France.† Friedman arrived safely in Sydney with his wife at the end of the first week of June, 1940 and lived there for the rest of his life.

Needless to say an important letter by Friedman, still living in Europe during dangerous times for Jews.

We appreciate the help of Allan Evans, the author of the excellent biography, Ignaz Friedman, Romantic Master Pianist, Indiana University Press, 2009.

The foxing on the scan is barely discernable in person