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The conductor, composer and pianist writes an un-translated letter on both sides of a 3.5” x 4.5” correspondence card, Kiel, June 1, 1898.  He thanks a doctor for a present.  Someone has written Kulenkampff in pencil next to the correspondee title.  Not to be confused with violinist Georg Kulenkampff, who was born this same year.

 

We have placed him in Kiel at this time due to other letters he wrote from there during the month of June.  Weingartner often conducted on tour during this period of his life.

Weingartner (1863-1942) was a Croatian born, Austrian conductor and composer.  Sent to the Leipzig Conservatory at the behest of Brahms, he studied with Carl Reineke and Salamon Jadassohn.  After winning the top prize there, the Mozart Prize, he was sent to study with Liszt who helped produce his first opera, “Sakuntala” at Weimar in 1884.  Rather than pursuing a career as a pianist, Weingartner opted for a career as a conductor to support himself as he composed.  He progressively grew in this career as a Kapellmeister, Königsburg (1884-1885), Danzig (1885-1887), Hamburg (1887-1889), Mannheim (1889-1891).  In 1891 he was hired as the Royal Kapellmeister in Berlin with responsibility over all music activities with the Royal Orchestra and the Hofoper. Through 1907.  He also conducted the Kaim Orchestra in Munich from 1898-1905. He also formed the Weingartner Trio, playing the piano in those concerts.  When Mahler left for America at the end of the 1907 season, Weingartner replace him as the Director of the Hofoper in Vienna.  He remained in that position until 1911.  He was back in Hamburg at the Staatsoper from 1912-1918, also the Director of the Darmstadt Orchestra during that period. In 1919 he was Music Director of the Vienna Volksoper during their price time, when they were considered superior to the Hofoper and held that position until 1924.  He was also a regular conductor with the Vienna Philharmonic from 1908 to 1927.  From 1927 he was appointed Director of the Basel Conservatory.  He conducted the Vienna Staatsoper from 1934-1935 as a guest and led them for a year during the following season in his old position as Director.  He conducted thereafter as a guest conductor.  Weingarter also made several trips to America, conducting the New York Philharmonic in 1904, the New York Symphony in 1906 and the Boston Opera in 1912-1913.  He all the while considered himself a composer before he was a conductor! 

FELIX WEINGARTNER - CONDUCTOR

MINT CONDITION.