JULES MASSENET - AUTOGRAPH LETTER UNSIGNED 12/13/1899 - HFSID 29936
Sale Price $427.50
Autograph letter unsigned (1899), discussing the salutary effects of cold weather, written from Geneva, where his opera Cendrillon was about the be performed
Autograph Letter, unsigned, 2 pages (front and verso), 4½x7. Geneva, 1899 December 13 (Wednesday). To an un-named correspondent. In French, loosely translated: "May all be well with you, dear excellent friend, and I am confident in you, your song so precise and so eloquent. The cold suits you well. I prefer it too, and work better. But one must stay covered up and not stop too often. ..." French composer Jules Massenet (1842-1912) made his name with the comic opera Don César de Bazan (1872). Other operas followed, including Manon (1884), considered by many to be his masterpiece, Le Cid (1885) and Werther (1892). In addition to his ambitious operas and orchestral works, Massenet wrote over 200 popular songs, many of them based on published poems. When he wrote this note, Massenet was in Geneva, Switzerland for the local premiere on December 15 of his new opera, Cendrillon, which had first been performed in Paris that May. Horizontal fold crease. Edge ragged from previous binding. Otherwise, fine condition.
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