Text Box: COMPOSER AUTOGRAPHS

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CLAUDE DEBUSSY - COMPOSER

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The composer write a one page letter to author and playwright Gabriel Mourey on his personal 80 Avenue de Bois de Boulogne stationary, January 8, 1913.  We offer with a vintage postcard photograph of the composer seated at his composition table.

 

My dear Mourey,

 

I have too many excuses to make to you so as not to undertake this long ordeal!  Come see us Friday morning toward 10 o'clock. I will be happy to see you.

 

Affectionately

 

Claude Debussy

 

Debussy (1862-1918) met Mourey (1865-1943) in 1889.  They remained friendly throughout the life of the composer.  Their only collaboration which came to fruition was the incidental music for Mourey’s play “Psyché”.  This letter was the composer’s acceptance of a meeting to work on this project.  Debussy wrote the incidental music for the play, Act III, scene 1, where the character Pan plays a flute solo.  Debussy was very involved with the project from cradle to grave, teaching the creator of Pan how to mimic playing the flute and the flautist how to play the piece in an authentic manner to the period.  The play premiered on December 13, 1913.  The work is known today as “Syrinx” which is considered the most important solo flute composition of the 20th Century and some musicologists consider it to be the most important flute composition since the latter part of the 18th Century. 

 

Age toning/foxing at edges, else fine.