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Auction archive: Lot number 233

MENDELSSOHN-BARTHOLDY, Felix (1809-1847). Autograph note signed ("FMB") to F. Hofmeister, n.p., 18 July 1840.

Estimate
US$1,400 - US$1,800
Price realised:
US$1,375
Auction archive: Lot number 233

MENDELSSOHN-BARTHOLDY, Felix (1809-1847). Autograph note signed ("FMB") to F. Hofmeister, n.p., 18 July 1840.

Estimate
US$1,400 - US$1,800
Price realised:
US$1,375
Beschreibung:

MENDELSSOHN-BARTHOLDY, Felix (1809-1847). Autograph note signed ("FMB") to F. Hofmeister, n.p., 18 July 1840. In German, one page, 216 x 133mm, addressed in his hand on verso, with a fine impression of Mendelssohn's small red wax monogram seal, (small sear tear in blank area), housed in a giltwood frame. Provenance : The Helmut N. Friedlaender Collection. Mendelssohn Champions the musical merits of songs by "the son of the famous Weimar composer." Relating the visit of "the son of the famous Weimar composer," Mendelssohn asks the publisher Hofmeister to take an interest in some songs given him by the composer, who "wants some words of recommendation from me." Mendelssohn approvingly describes these songs, dedicated to the Duchess of Oldenburg, as "singable, accessible, and musically well-written," and foresees their immediate popularity, commenting "they will certainly find many friends." Among Mendelssohn's Weimar acquaintances were Mozart's pupil Hummel, the poet Goethe and the writer and music critic Ludwig Rellstab. From the mid-1830s to 1840, Mendelssohn served as conductor of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, one of the most prestigious European orchestras, where he championed forgotten eighteenth-century works. He developed programs which combined outstanding compositions of the past with serious contemporary pieces, though his own musical inspiration was essentially classical, highlighted by romantic and programmatic elements.

Auction archive: Lot number 233
Auction:
Datum:
5 Dec 2017
Auction house:
Christie's
New York
Beschreibung:

MENDELSSOHN-BARTHOLDY, Felix (1809-1847). Autograph note signed ("FMB") to F. Hofmeister, n.p., 18 July 1840. In German, one page, 216 x 133mm, addressed in his hand on verso, with a fine impression of Mendelssohn's small red wax monogram seal, (small sear tear in blank area), housed in a giltwood frame. Provenance : The Helmut N. Friedlaender Collection. Mendelssohn Champions the musical merits of songs by "the son of the famous Weimar composer." Relating the visit of "the son of the famous Weimar composer," Mendelssohn asks the publisher Hofmeister to take an interest in some songs given him by the composer, who "wants some words of recommendation from me." Mendelssohn approvingly describes these songs, dedicated to the Duchess of Oldenburg, as "singable, accessible, and musically well-written," and foresees their immediate popularity, commenting "they will certainly find many friends." Among Mendelssohn's Weimar acquaintances were Mozart's pupil Hummel, the poet Goethe and the writer and music critic Ludwig Rellstab. From the mid-1830s to 1840, Mendelssohn served as conductor of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, one of the most prestigious European orchestras, where he championed forgotten eighteenth-century works. He developed programs which combined outstanding compositions of the past with serious contemporary pieces, though his own musical inspiration was essentially classical, highlighted by romantic and programmatic elements.

Auction archive: Lot number 233
Auction:
Datum:
5 Dec 2017
Auction house:
Christie's
New York
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