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HAROLD BAUER - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 12/08/1913 - HFSID 344477

HAROLD BAUER The American concert pianist signs this letter to a colleague from a hotel in New York stating his reasons for not staying with the recipient during his short stay in Toledo Autograph letter signed: "Harold Bauer" in black ink. 3p, 5¼x6¾. New York, December 8, 1913.

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HAROLD BAUER
The American concert pianist signs this letter to a colleague from a hotel in New York stating his reasons for not staying with the recipient during his short stay in Toledo
Autograph letter signed: "Harold Bauer" in black ink. 3p, 5¼x6¾. New York, December 8, 1913. Written on letterhead of Hotel Wellington to "Dear Mr. Clement", in full: "Many thanks for you kind letter. I wish I might take advantage of your and Mrs. Clement's generous invitation to stay with you but unfortunately circumstances do not permit of my doing so on this occasion. I shall only be a very few hours in Toledo, arriving I believe at almost 3 o'clock and leaving again immediately after the concert for Chicago where I have to rehearse the next morning, and in such conditions the hotel is, I feel, the only place for a travel-worn piano-player to go to, in order to have the complete rest that is necessary. I regret more than I can say my inability to respond as I should like to your hospitable invitation but I shall in any event have the pleasure of seeing you and Mrs. Clement at the recital, I hope, and perhaps for a few moments after the close of the concert before my train leaves. With kindest regards and very cordial thanks I remain, Yours very truly". 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. Corners rounded. Horizontal crease across center. Original mailing envelope included. Otherwise, fine condition.

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