Price: $350.00

MINT CONDITION

ÉMILE SAURET - VIOLINIST

Pristine verso autographed Alexander Eichenwald cabinet photograph of the legendary French violinist, Moscow, December 2, 1881.  The photograph has a bit of a provenance, written in period Cyrillic to the left in the scan is written, from the collection of A. P. Lensky given to I.I. Gorich.

Sauret (1852-1920) was born in Dun-Le-Roi in Central France.  He was accepted at the Strasbourg Conservatoire at the age of 6 and by 8 was touring Europe (France, Italy, Austria and Great Britain) as a wunderkind. Charles de Beriot, old and blind by this point was enamored with Sauret’s playing and became his only violin instructor after that. In 1862 he was given the honor of playing at the International Exhibition in London, as well as at the Alhambra Theatre and at Alfred Mellon’s concerts at Covent Garden which cemented his career at the age of ten!  He also was a great favorite at the Court of Napoleon III.  In 1872 he was hired by Maurice Strakosch to make an American tour.  While on the tour he met pianist Teresa Carreño and they fell in love and were married in London in 1873. Sauret’s continued success led to Strakosch hiring him for an 1874 tour and he remained there touring the Country through 1876. (They had one child, Emilita who was left with family friends and eventually adopted by them.)  He and Carreño divorced in 1876 as she was having an affair with an opera baritone named Giovanni Taglipietra. Whilst in New York he was introduced to pianists Anton Rubinstein and Hans von Bülow who took to Sauret and became musical mentors to him.  Sauret made his Leipzig debut in 1876 with the Gewandhaus Orchestra at the suggestion of Anton Rubinstein playing the Mendelssohn Concerto.  The violinist became a great favorite in Leipzig and Franz Liszt took notice and a great friendship was formed despite their ages.  Liszt and Sauret often played together privately, in hausmusik and in concert for the rest of Liszt’s days.  He also stayed in Leipzig for a short time and studied composition with Salomon Jadassohn at the Leipzig Conservatory.  Sauret received another invitation from Strakosch later in 1876 and raced back to American and did not return to Europe until 1877.  Upon his return he immediately began to tour Austria and Germany.  In 1879 he married a Düsseldorfer named Emma Hotter and he was hired as a Professor at Theodor Kullak’s Conservatory beginning in the 1880 school year.  He remained with the Conservatory for 10 years.  Now for the interesting story regarding this photograph.  Sauret was invited to Russia to play concerts in St. Petersburg and Moscow.  He was also invited by Piotr Tchaikovsky to give the Moscow and St. Petersburg premieres of his Violin Concerto while on this tour.  (The World Premiere was given by Adolf Brodsky in Vienna on December 4, 1881)  Leopold Auer according to Modest Tchaikovsky, the composer’s brother was talked out of performing the work by Leopold Auer, the original dedicatee.  Auer had rejected the Premiere as he thought it would hurt his career.  The photograph we offer is signed two days before the Vienna World Premiere.

The photographer Alexander Eichenwald was one of Moscow’s most prominent photographers.  His iconic studio in the Petrovka 12 building was the first equipped with electric lighting, so his clients could come have their portraits taken at night.  His wife, Ida was a Professor of Harp at the Moscow Conservatory and in the Bolshoi Orchestra.  His daughter Margarita was a soubrette soprano who created the title role of Rimsky’s “Snegurochka” and their son Anton was a well known conductor.  Because of Ida’s role in the music world, Alexander was given to opportunity to take the photographs of many musical luminaries that came through Moscow.  

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