Text Box: MUSIC AUTOGRAPHS AND EPHEMERA BOUGHT AND SOLD
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MUSIC AUTOGRAPHS & ANTIQUARIAN

Price: $1450.00

FINE CONDITION

DIMITRI SHOSKAKOVICH - COMPOSER
Text Box: COMPOSER AUTOGRAPHS

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

 

One page autographed letter signed, Moscow, November 1, 1954. Offered with an original, youthful period glossy Soviet postcard photograph of the composer.

 

He writes to an unknown female:

 

Dear ,

 

I ask you to do me a favor, give this to E. A. Mravinsky and please forgive that I am asking you to do such a favor.

 

Fondly,

 

D. Shostakovich

 

Shostakovich's reputation was revived from his second denunciation after the death of Stalin in 1953. Eugene Mravinsky, the Music Director of the Leningrad Philharmonic and a legendary conductor in his own lifetime had performed the premiere of his 10th Symphony on December 17, 1953; 10 months after Stalin's death.

 

There is no way to tell what Shostakovich sent, to his greatest friend and supporter, but based on the fact that he felt compelled to write a note of thanks for the delivery in advance, he obviously still had concerns about doing such a thing himself.

 

Perfect for presentation!