FRANZ LEHAR - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 01/08/1938 - HFSID 18757
FRANZ LEHAR Handwritten letter to his friend Julius Bistron, heatedly defending operettas against musicians who despise them without knowing anything about them Autograph Letter signed: "Lehar", 1 page, 7x4½. Vienna, 1938 January 8.
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Handwritten letter to his friend Julius Bistron, heatedly defending operettas against musicians who despise them without knowing anything about them
Autograph Letter signed: "Lehar", 1 page, 7x4½. Vienna, 1938 January 8. Written in blue crayon to "My dear friend [Julius] Bistron". In German, fully translated: "Between us two there cannot and should not be any misunderstanding. You are an excellent musician and in spite of that you have found it worthwhile to study and attempt to understand the operetta. Of course there are among operettas just as many pot-boilers as among operas. It is the duty of the critics to shoot these pot-boilers down mercilessly. But I have a strong aversion against those musicians who don't know a thing about operettas and who still despise them. I would never have written that latest article of mine in the M. N. N. [Munchner Neueste Nachrichten] if they had not urged me to do it. In none of the other arts do we find this so-called dualism: 'light' and 'serious'. That terminology exists only for music! It is a great injustice. We should only know of 'good' or 'bad', of art or trash. For fabrications which stand in the middle between these two concepts there is no 'raison d'etre;' they simply belong to a sphere to which art criticism does not apply. On January 30th, the premiere of 'The Land of Smiling' [Land des Lachelns] will take place at the Vienna State Opera. After 'Giuditta' now another Lehar piece! What will the Viennese critics say to that? In cordial friendship as always, Yours faithfully". Hungarian violinist and composer Franz Lehár (1870-1948) was a major figure in the revival of Viennese light opera at the beginning of the 20th century. His The Merry Widow (1905) popularized operetta in the U.S. and but also became Hitler's favorite stage work. As a military bandmaster before and during World War I, he composed several marches. During the 1920s, Lehár incorporated new styles of popular music, including American blues, into his compositions, and began composing film scores. The composer, despite having a Jewish wife, remained in Vienna during World War II, avoiding politics. Julius Bistron was a prominent music critic. Toned. Corners worn. Otherwise, fine condition.
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