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PAUL DUKAS - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 8/24 - HFSID 73009

The French composer, famed for his piece The Sorcerer's Apprentice, sends letter to friend informing her that he will be unable to visit as planned, signs name in blue ink Autograph letter signed: "Paul Dukas" in blue ink.

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PAUL DUKAS
The French composer, famed for his piece The Sorcerer's Apprentice, sends letter to friend informing her that he will be unable to visit as planned, signs name in blue ink
Autograph letter signed: "Paul Dukas" in blue ink. 4 pages integral leaf, 5¼x6½ folded, 10½x6½ flat. Original mailing envelope included. Bradley House, New York. August 24, 1922. In full: "Dear Mrs. Wainwright, I have just received your letter upon my return from the coast and am very sorry indeed that this weekend I have an engagement on Long Island. I thought I had time to have the latter part of August free, but it has turned out otherwise. On September 1st I go to Boston where I shall be about a week. Then returning to New York. I should much have enjoyed a few days with you and hope some time an occasion will offer itself. As the end of September I expect to go to Europe for a few weeks. I am greatly looking forward to coming to Scranton again. I hope Ruth is having a good time. Please give her my love and tell her I am sorry to be able to play baseball with her. With kind regards to yourself & Dr. Wainwright, Yours very sincerely". Paul Dukas (1865-1935) was a French composer, critic, scholar and teacher, best known for his piece "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" (1896), a symphonic poem which was popular even before Disney's Fantasia made it widely known around the world and across several generations. Intensely self-critical, Dukas often abandoned and destroyed many of his compositions, but some such as the opera "Ariane et Barbe-bleue" (1899) and the ballet "La Peri" (1912) survived and are still performed. He also worked as a music critic, contributing frequent reviews to at least five French journals; later he was appointed professor of composition at the Conservatoire de Paris and the Ecole Normale de Musique, and trained musicians such as Maurice Durufle, Olivier Messiaen, Manuel Ponce, and Joaquin Rodrigo. Normal mailing folds. Light surface creases. Slightly toned. Corners rounded. Envelope slightly soiled and slightly worn. Otherwise, fine condition.

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