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Two page letter signed with transmittal envelope to Godowsky’s former pupil and assistant Herbert Douglas, Santa Barbara, September 15th, 1933.  We include a George J. Birkel Co. (The local Los Angeles Steinway dealer) newspaper advertisement, 1920 featuring Douglas.

Sept. 15/33

Dear Herbert:

             Your departure from here made us feel sad.  Please accept my thanks for having contributed so much to make my stay at Los Angeles most enjoyable.

             We decided to return to your city on Monday, leaving here anytime in the afternoon.  If it is convenient for you to come to Santa Barbara to drive me back, I will be very grateful to you.  If it is difficult for you to do so, I will understand.  I will take the bus.

             We send our best wishes to you and your mother.

                          Your friend,

                          Godowsky

 Godowsky (1870-1938) was in Los Angeles for both private and master classes for the month of August, 1933.  He had returned from Germany exhausted and with his very ill and depressed wife after several weeks in Berlin and Cannes.  Broke upon his return, he needed a cash infusion and the weather he thought might cheer his wife. (Their son Gordon had committed suicide not quite a year before.) Herbert Douglas a former pupil and assistant had established himself in Los Angeles with a studio as of 1919.  We have enclosed an advertisement for the one covered concert by Douglas in Los Angeles, an all Chopin recital on April 9, of 1920.  Not much else is known about him.  That said, he must have had some powerful friends to be able to arrange for Godowsky to come to Los Angeles for a month in a non-university setting for lessons and master classes.  This letter written in mid September was after the classes were completed whilst Godowsky was visiting assorted friends including Edward G. Robinson. He would shortly return to New York, where his wife Frieda died of a heart attack in November of the same year.

LEOPOLD GODOWSKY - PIANIST