JEAN SIBELIUS - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 10/08/1953 - HFSID 217732
Sale Price $1,020.00
JEAN SIBELIUS. TLS: "Jean Sibelius" in pencil, 1½p, 6x8¼,
separate sheets. Järvenpää, 1953 October 8. To Mrs. Levering Cartwright,
Kenilworth, Ill., USA. In full: "I was indeed very sorry to hear from
you that you received no acknowledgement for the excellent cigars your music
group sent me for Christmas 1951. The cigars reached me in perfect condition
and a letter of thanks was sent to you, as to all other senders, through Mr.
Carleton Smith in New York. The letter must have gone astray in some way. Your
case is not the only one. It has happened before that my letters have not
reached the adressees (sic) these last years. Better late than never I
thank you and all the other members of your music group most cordially for your
great kindness to remember me. Needless to say I was very happy to receive your
gift. With my kindest regards Yours very sincerely". At the time of this
letter, the Finnish composer was living in retirement in Järvenpää. The son
of a surgeon, Jean Sibelius (1865-1957) studied law before devoting
his life to music. His accomplishments earned him a life pension from his
native Finland, to which he dedicated the patriotic Karelia, Opus 11
(1893) and Finlandia, Opus 26 (1899). Sibelius composed the bulk
of his work between 1980 and 1930, during which time he wrote eight
symphonies. He 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). In 1922,
he composed the Suite Caracteristique for the harp. Lightly creased with
folds, horizontal fold at the descender of the "J". Fine condition.
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