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The conductor and pianistís wife, Clara Clemens Gabrilowitsch sends an autographed letter to pianist Abram Chasins on an imprinted sympathy thank you card after his death in 1936.

Thank you for your letter of true sympathy.† I probably cared not have borne hearing you talk about my beloved husband even if I had known about it in time.† It all an unbearable tragedy.

In affectionate friendship

Clara Gabrilowitsch

Chicago

Clara Langhorne Clemens Gabrilowitsch (1874-1962) was the daughter of Samuel Langhorne Clemens, otherwise known as Mark Twain.† She studied music in Berlin and after the death of a sister in 1896, her parents decided to be ex-pats in Vienna (1897-1899).† While in Vienna, she studied piano with Theodor Leschetiszky.† Her Father an avid music lover encouraged her, though later regretted it after she left him in his old age to marry Gabrilowitsch. She also studied voice there, which led to her eventual career as a contralto concert singer.† While in Vienna she met Gabrilowitch also a Leschetiszky pupil and when her parents returned to America, she stayed and went for further vocal studies in Berlin.† She made her professional debut in Florence.† Clara had a breakdown after the death of her Mother in 1904.† By 1906 she was ready to begin her career as a concert singer and made her American debut with the violinist Marie Nichols.† The two concertized in the Northeast and then took their act to Paris and London.† In 1908 Gabrilowitsch came to stay with her Father and their romance rekindled and in 1909 they were married. In 1910 after the death of her Father, the couple moved to Munich where he was appointed conductor of the MŁnchen Konzertverein. They also had a daughter, Nina.† Gabrilowitsch was imprisoned as an enemy alien by the Germans at the start of World War I and it took the intersession of a Vatican Cardinal to have him set free. (As he was Jewish an interesting set of circumstances.)† Upon his return to America in 1918 he turned down the Boston Symphony Orchestra Music Directorship and instead accepted the position as founding Music Director of the Detroit Symphony.† He insisted on a new Symphony Hall in order to accept the contract.† Meanwhile he concertized and also would accompany his wife Clara on the piano.† Clara in spite of her career as a concert singer was a good artists wife and accompanied her husband everywhere. In 1935 her husband was diagnosed with stomach cancer and after six months was sent home to die.† He lived for another year, passing away in September, 1936.

Clemens was never quite the same after his death and neither was their daughter Nina.† She wrote a biography of her husband, My Husband Gabrilowitch, which was published in 1938.† To get away from her sorrows, she moved to sunny Hollywood, California.† She eventually re-married in 1944.

Pianist Abram Chasins made his debut with orchestra in 1929, playing his own 1st Piano Concerto in Philadelphia, under the direction of Gabrilowitsch.

The entire Clemens family, Sanuel, his wife and all his children and one grandchild, as well as Gabrilowitsch are buried in Elmira, New York.† Apparently, Nina had a child out-of-wedlock and she and her family are the only survivors of the family.

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Phone: 212-860-5541† *† Fax: 917-677-8247

 

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