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One page octavo autographed letter on mourning stationary signed to an un-named conductor, 1878. The composer is planning a concert for violinist Pablo Sarasate, his violinist technical muse.  We offer with a 5” x 7” superb 2nd state matte photograph suitable for framing with the letter.

 

I wrote today to Sarasate and sent him

1º - my concerto

2º - my Romance for flute which I arranged for him for violin.

You will place the Romance for violin on the program…..

The use of mourning stationary by Saint-Saëns in 1878 was due to two horrific tragedies. The composer’s older son André age two climbed out onto a ledge of their Latin Quarter home in May of 1878 and accidentally fell to his death.  Not even two months later, his six month old son Jean François died from pneumonia.  As if the deaths were not horrible enough, his ever present mother blamed his young wife Marie for the deaths and the composer followed suit.  The marriage with a dark cloud survived three more years.

Sarasate and Saint-Saëns met when the composer was 24 and the then renowned Spanish wunderkind was 15 and he became his technical advisor on all things violin. Grange Wooley in an article in the periodical Music and Letters  quotes the composer referring to Sarasate’s help on one of his pieces: He gave me valuable advice to which is due, certainly to some extent, the considerable success of this piece.

Saint-Saëns wrote some of his greatest works for violin for the legendary Spanish violinist; Violin Concerto #1 in A Minor op 17 (1859), Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso in A Minor op. 28 (1863), Violin Concerto #3 in B Minor op. 61 (1880), Sonata #2 for Violin and Piano in E Flat Major op 102 (1896) and the arrangement of his 1871 Romance in D Flat Major for Flute and Orchestra op. 37.  It is known he revised the work for violin in 1878 and this letter seals for whom he arranged the work.  The Concerto mentioned is likely his second which was written for Martin Marsick and premiered in 1858 as the third was written nearly two years later  in March of 1880 and Sarasate premiered it in October of 1880.

A short but outstanding letter which mentions the premiere of a Saint-Saëns arrangement of one of his works with Pablo Sarasate.

 

CAMILLE SAINT-SAËNS - COMPOSER

FINE CONDITION