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Price: $400.00

OVERALL EXCELLENT CONDITION

ERNST LVY - PIANIST & COMPOSER

Incredibly scarce autographed letter by the great Swiss born "cult" pianist to the Chairman of the periodical "Argus de Presse", Auguste de Chambure,† Paris, March 29, 1924.  Included is an 8" x 10" vintage press photograph, the transmittal envelope and the mailing receipt, which is also autographed. 

He writes in a spectacular but difficult to read Arte Nouveau style. 

Sir

Since I will no longer be needing your services, I implore you to take note and please cancel from this day forward all shipment from your company.

In thanking you Sir, I wish you the best with all my distinguished sentiments.

Ernst Levy

Paris, 29 March, 24

Rue Clanzel 15

 

One of the rarest of the great 20th Century pianistsí autographs and this is quite an assemblage.  Levy, (1895-1981) was a performer, historian and pedagogue.  He studied with both Hans Huber in Basel and Raoul Pugno in Paris. From 1916-1921 he was a Professor at the Basel Conservatory.  He then relocated to Paris, where he maintained an active performing schedule in addition to composing and writing. (He wrote 14 symphonies, chamber music, choral music, organ music and songs)  With the occupation of France by the Germans, Levy, as a Jew left for the United States where he landed in Boston and taught at the New England Conservatory until 1945, Bennington College until 1951, University of Chicago until 1954 and MIT after 1954.  His records of Beethoven and Liszt are cult classics and demonstrate his bounding zeal and ability to bring out parts of the scores that are at times overlooked.  In some cases, he also plays his own tempi, which are well appreciated by his enthusiasts.  Extremely scarce!