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STEPHEN HELLER – PIANIST

The Hungarian virtuoso pianist and composer writes a 2 page autographed letter signed on his embossed stationary to his French publisher Jacques Maho in German. The letter is accompanied by a slip of paper contemporary to the letter which states translated from the French, 1867/Paris/from/St. Heller.

Heller asks his long standing Parisian publisher Jacques Maho (1817-1889) to send 2 copies of the manuscript of his op. 110 Preludes (pour Madame Lilli) to his publishers in London and Leipzig.

Heller (1813-1888) was a Hungarian born virtuoso pianist.  From a Jewish family, he was converted to Christianity as a child.  His initial studied in Budapest were with a member of a military band and then with Franz Breuer.  He progressed so rapidly that he was sent to Vienna to study with Carl Czerny.  After a few months his family could not afford the tuition with Czerny, so he was sent to Anton Halm.  Halm a respected Austrian composer and pianist of the time was friendly with Beethoven, who met the youngster at the end of his life.  He also introduced him the Franz Schubert.  Heller made his first tour of Germany and Austria in 1828.  Taxed by the experience, he stayed in Augsburg for a time at the expense of a wealthy family there.  In 1838 he travelled to Paris which was to become his home.  Heller was great friends with Chopin and Liszt’s circle, as well as Berlioz who was at the outside of the circle.  At the time Paris was abuzz with virtuoso pianists, a veritable “pianopolis”.  More confident and healthier, Heller began to tour as a pianist, some claimed he was superior to Chopin in his technical skill.  He also visited London in 1849 where he increased his popularity.  Heller all along was writing salon pieces which at the time were all the rage in Paris, London and throughout Europe.  The pianist was also known for his publication of finger exercises for the piano. His trip to England in 1862 included a concert with Sir Charles Hallé at the Crystal Palace.  As a composer he wrote over 200 piano works in 158 opus numbers.   Heller used Maho for the first publications of many of his works.  That said, he also published with Brandus and Lemoine as well.  Breitkopf was his German publisher and in England, Ashdown and Parry.

A letter with good music related content of one of his best known cycles.

One central mailing crease, else mint.