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Three page autographed letter signed to the British publisher Stanley Lucas & Weber, London, June 2nd 1878.† We offer with a postcard portrait of the composer.

Bruch, staying at the Dieudonnť Hotel at 11 Ryder Street in London writes to the British publishers Stanley Lucas & Weber that he will be conducting the British Premiere of his 1864 cantata, Frithjof op. 23 at the Crystal Palace on June 8th at 3:00.† He is looking for the piano-vocal score which he tells them they can find from the publisher Siegel (C.F.W. Siegel) in Leipzig (R. Linnemann), or the Peters Publisher of Music also in Leipzig.† He then mentions the tangled tale of publishers who might have a copy of Frithof including Simrock, F.E.C. Leuckart, Linnemann (Siegel) and Peters.

Bruch was in London for important concerts in June of 1878,† In addition to the British Premiere of his cantata Frithjof, he was giving the World Premiere of his 2nd violin concerto with Pablo Sarasate at these Crutsal Palace Concerts.† The program for the June 18th, 1878 concert included the overture to his opera Die Loreley and Frithjof with Sir George Henschel and Thekla Friedlander singing the roles in the Cantata.† He had made several excursions to London beginning in October of 1877. The public adored him and by 1880 he was given the Music Director title of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.† He held the title for three years, however, it was not a happy experience for the composer.

Bruch prior to 1880 was not loyal to any specific music publisher.† He had published with F.E.C. Leuckart in Breslau and August Fr. Cranz in Bremen.† Richard Linnemann purchased the publisher C.F.W. Siegel at the time of Siegelís death in 1869 and then proceeded to purchase Bruchís catalogs from Leuckart in 1875 and Cranz in 1877.† Bruch was never satisfied with his publishers.† Early on he sold his compositions to whomever would pay him for them.† He discovered that Leuckart was selling his works to other European publishers without telling him or paying him commissions.† Eventually, the demand for his works and his friendship with Fritz Simrock led him to signing an exclusive agreement with Simrock.† At the time of this letter, there was much confusion regarding the printing of his various scores.

An important letter by Brush which discusses one of his greatest London triumphs and his travails with his assorted publishers.

†††††††††† MAX BRUCH - COMPOSER
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