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HAROLD BAUER - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 04/13/1909 - HFSID 344475

HAROLD BAUER The American concert pianist handwrites this letter to a colleague regarding two letters he failed to respond to and mentioning another musician Autograph letter signed: "Harold Bauer" in blue ink. 8p, 4¾x6¾. Paris, April 13, 1909. Written on personal letterhead to "Dear Mr.

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HAROLD BAUER
The American concert pianist handwrites this letter to a colleague regarding two letters he failed to respond to and mentioning another musician
Autograph letter signed: "Harold Bauer" in blue ink. 8p, 4¾x6¾. Paris, April 13, 1909. Written on personal letterhead to "Dear Mr. Clement", in part: "I have two unanswered letters of yours before me, the first of which, I am absolutely shocked to see, bears the date of September 21st, 1908! I have heard it said that the busiest people always find time for everything and can only conclude therefore that the reason that my correspondence falls into such arrears is that I have too much leisure [...] I have seen very little of Mr. Sickess. [...] if you are in communication with him and will ask him to play for me when he next comes to Paris I will be very happy to report to you. I very much appreciated what you said in your first letter regarding keeping my name before the public in America and I shall endeavor to do more in that direction in the future with your kind help." British-born American pianist Harold Bauer (1873-1951) was noted for his interpretations of the German repertoire and 20th Century French composers (he gave the Paris debut of Debussy's Children's Corner suite and the New York debut of Ravel's Concerto in G Major) and for his sensitive playing style, which managed to combine the Romanticism of the 19th Century with a tighter 20th Century feel. A bit of a prodigy, Bauer gave his first concerts before he was 10 years old, playing both piano and violin until Ignacy Paderewski recommended that he concentrate on the ebonies-and-ivories in 1892. He was also active in chamber music, playing with Pablo Casals, Fritz Kreisler and Jacques Thibaud, and was a frequent duet partner with Ossip Gabrilowitsch. Bauer played both sides of the Atlantic after 1893 and became a U. S. citizen in 1921. He also founded the Beethoven Society of New York and was president of the Friends of Music of the Library of Congress. Lightly toned. Corners slightly rounded. Small blurred spot near signature from moisture. Horizontal fold across center. Otherwise, fine condition.

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