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Two page large octavo autographed letter of recommendation signed by the legendary violinist and pedagogue, Berlin, July 29th, 1897.  Joachim recommends his pupil violinist & important conductor Willem Feltzer.  Included is an original 2” x 4” Window and Grove of London carte de visite image. This posed image of Joachim we believe to be unpublished. The image here is protected with a watermark.


I am delighted to be able to testify to Mr. Feltzer that he made the most of his studies in Berlin. Both in violin and piano he has made very nice progress and his theoretical work speaks of diligence and understanding. It is very much to be hoped that he will be able to continue his studies which he has so eagerly pursued.


Joseph Joachim
K. Professor.

d. 29th July

Joachim (1831-1907) was the violin pedagogue equivalent of what Liszt had become as a pedagogue with piano pupils.  His pupils came from far and wide and could wear the fact that they had studied with Joachim with pride.  It also opened many doors to them.  Willem Feltzer, (1874-1931) the Dutch violinist and conductor was no exception.  Feltzer initially studied violin with the German violinist Bernard Dessau in Rotterdam. He received a scholarship to the Berlin Hochschule für Musik where he studied first with the Joachim Quartet’s violist Emanuel Wirth and then with Joachim.  Whilst a student in Berlin, he formed the Holländisch Streiquartett with fellow Dutch pupils, Joseph van Veen, Johan Ruyne and Jacques van Lier.  Their friend Otto Klemperer would often perform as the pianist when required.  During World War I, Fetzer returned to Holland and founded a conservatory in Rotterdam, the Lyceum voor Musiek which he led for a number of years. In 1918, Fetzer and several fellow musicians founded the  "Society of Professional Musicians to Mutually Practice the Arts" which created a private orchestra in the city.  The violinist who by that time was directing two conservatories and teaching violin was nominated Music Director in December, 1918 and had to literally rush to take conducting lessons before the first rehearsals.  Unusual for the time, the initial orchestra was slightly over 30 men and women.  Their first season consisted of four orchestral concerts and four chamber concerts.  All concerts were for family and friends of the society and not open to the general public.  Fetzer worked without pay, as did the rest of the orchestra until 1921, when the orchestra was renamed The Rotterdam Philharmonic Society and they began to perform for the public for pay.  Fetzer’s orchestra was considered top notch, one critic describes the “shivers that went down his spine” during an early performance.  Fetzer remained as Music Director until 1928.  Fetzer returned to full-time teaching and wrote a violin treatise with Carl Flesch and also composed a limited number of works.

Window & Grave, the photographer was an important British 19th Century photographer which resided on Baker Street from 1873 to 1908. One of the great celebrity photographers operating in London from the latter part of the 19th Century, they maintained a royal warrant as photographer’s to Queen Victoria’s family.  The firm was conceived by the inventor of the cabinet card, Frederick Window and his partner, William H. Grove.  The National Portrait Gallery in London, which possesses a second pose from this seating dates the Joachim image to 1874.  This specific pose based upon our research and to the best of our knowledge has been unpublished until now.

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