JULIUS BENEDICT - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 01/25/1878 - HFSID 145530
Sale Price $552.50
This letter, written on black-bordered paper by composer Julius Benedict in 1878, accompanied a small orchestra, adding "The Bill with my small outlay is also enclosed herewith. I have kept the full Score...".
Autograph letter signed "Julius Benedict". 3 pages, 4½x7¼, 1 sheet folded, front and verso, with black border on page 1. Jan. 25, 1878. Addressed to Mr. Ludlow, Esq. In full: "My dear Sir I send you the orchestral parts of Brull's Serenade which are only for a small orchestra viz. 2 horns no Trombones nor Coronet. The Bill with my small outlay is also enclosed herewith. I have kept the full Score, and shall prepare the letter press for the Musical Extract. Brüll plays his second Concerto in C major (the first being in F.) Guetruo says the Duet of Thomas is too high for her - she prefers the one from La Fasonta' - if May Bonks knows it - I'll send the name of Brüll's single pieces tomorrow or Monday and remain yours truly,". German-born Benedict (1804-1885) was an operatic composer and conductor. After an unsuccessful start in Naples, Italy, he eventually moved to England in 1836, becoming operatic conductor of the West End's Theatre Royal and later musical conductor there and at Her Majesty's Theatre. Benedict's best known opera is The Lily of Killarney (1862). His other operas include The Gypsy's Warning (1838), The Bride of Venice (1843), The Crusaders (1846). He also conducted every Norwich Festival from 1845 to 1878 and conducted the Liverpool Philharmonic Society's concerts from 1876 to 1880, and he was accompanist for Swedish soprano Jenny Lind during her 1850 American tour. Benedict was knighted in the United Kingdom in 1871 and in Austria and Württemberg, Germany in 1874. Lightly toned and creased. Light show-though touches handwriting but not signature. Mounting remnants and paper loss on back of letter (show-through does not touch handwriting or signature. Pinholes near left edge, which touch handwriting but not signature. Light tear and nick along spine of letter. Folded twice and unfolded. Otherwise in fine condition.
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