JEAN SIBELIUS - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 05/15/1950 - HFSID 154815
JEAN SIBELIUS. TLS: "Jean Sibelius", 1p, 6x8½. Järvenpää, Finland, 1950 May 15. To Mr. and Mrs. Efrem Zimbalist. In full: "You have been extremely kind in remembering me on my eightyfourth (sic) birthday with excellent cigars.
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JEAN SIBELIUS. TLS: "Jean Sibelius", 1p, 6x8½. Järvenpää, Finland, 1950 May 15. To Mr. and Mrs. Efrem Zimbalist. In full: "You have been extremely kind in remembering me on my eightyfourth (sic) birthday with excellent cigars. They have now arrived here in perfect condition and, needless to say, were very welcome. Please accept my warmest thanks for your great kindness. I was very happy and proud to receive your gift. With deepest admiration, Yours very sincerely." The son of a surgeon, Finnish composer JEAN SIBELIUS (1865-1957) studied law before devoting his life to music. He composed the bulk of his work between 1980 and 1930, during which time he wrote eight symphonies. Sibelius destroyed the last before publication, but the prior seven reveal a wide range of approach in his search for a true symphonic form. His noted works include Kullervo Symphony, Opus 7 (1892), En Saga (1892), the Seventh Symphony (1924) and Tapiola (1926), and Sibelius was also known for his tone poems, including En Saga (1892) and Finlandia (1900), on national subjects. In 1903, he wrote a violin concerto, revised in 1905, which Zimbalist possibly performed. Russian-born concert violinist EFREM ZIMBALIST, SR. (1880-1985) was known as "the violinist's violinist". Known as a refined player and composer, Zimbalist gave farewell performances in 1949 and 1950, the year of this letter. At the time of this letter, he was married to his second wife, MARY LOUISA CURTIS BOK ZIMBALIST (1876-1970), the daughter of Cyrus H.K. Curtis. Mrs. Zimbalist was the founder of the Curtis Institute of Music. Zimbalist had previously been married to opera singer ALMA GLUCK (1882-1938), born Reba Feinsohn in Romania, who sang at New York's Metropolitan Opera (1909-1912) and was one of the first singers to make recordings. She was also the mother of actor Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. Lightly creased, not at signature. Fine condition.
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