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Two page rather hostile autographed letter signed to musicologist Albert Freudenthal January 23, 1910, with transmittal envelope.

January 23, ’10

Dear Sir,

I read your brochure very carefully. The result of my reading is that I cannot agree to a number of your views.

I will not go into justifying my adversarial position, esp. since it would touch upon artistic questions, and our positions regarding these differ so strongly that every other sentence in which you broached artistic questions provoked intense opposition in me.

I feel it is my duty to communicate this to you, dear Sir, because I gathered from your letter that you would appreciate knowing my very personal view. To go into this further, it would require you to be thorough and to put in a lot effort, but unfortunately my time and my work do not allow me such an extensive explanation, so that I will have nothing to add to these lines.

Respectfully,

Leo Blech

Blech, (1871-1958) remains a controversial figure in the conducting World due to his relationship with Göring, who allowed him to conduct at the Berlin Staatsoper after the Nazi’s rose to power in 1933 and personally insured his exit from Germany to Riga Latvia in 1937 and then helped him move on to Sweden when Latvia was annexed.  That said, Blech was an important conductor.  He was a conductor at the Berlin Hofoper at the time this letter was written.  Three years later, he was made Generalmusikdirektor there.  His relationship with the Royals caused his relationship with that house to end after WWI and he was booted back down to the rank of conductor where he spent time in the lesser theatres in Berlin, as well as the Vienna Volksoper, until 1926, where he was brought back to the Berlin Staatsoper, where he remained on the roster until 1937.  He was a conductor with the Riga Opera until 1941, where he conducted at the Royal Opera there until 1949, where he was brought back to Berlin as a conductor at the Städtische Oper until his retirement in 1953.  Blech studied with Engelbert Humperdink and wrote a number of works including operas, symphonic and chamber.  His opera “Versiegelt” was the most accepted, premiered in Hamburg in 1908 and even had Metropolitan Opera performances in 1912.  Lauritz Melchior was a devotee of Blech’s and described him as a “musical father.”

           LEO BLECH - CONDUCTOR

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