L.A.S. " F. Liszt ", Weimar 23 September 1852, to Heinrich EHRLICH; 6 pages in-8 on bluish paper (traces of tabs).
Long and interesting letter, talking about Berlioz, the violinist Joseph Joachim, the composer and conductor Heinrich Marschner, and his Hungarian Rhapsodies.
[Heinrich EHRLICH (1822-1899), Austrian pianist, composer and musicologist, famous for his interpretation of Beethoven's works, was one of the first to collect popular songs from Romania.
"Although you need no other recommendation than the one you carry within you and by your mind and talents, I hasten, my dear Ehrlich, to send you the lines you are asking me for H. BERLIOZ. As he intends to come and see me here in mid-November, you may be able to arrange to come with him, if your plans call you to Germany around that time. You would hear in Weymar a truly admirable work, worthy of meeting ears that are not as long and flattened as those that vulgar audiences usually bring to opera performances - you can guess that I am talking about Berlioz's Benvenuto Cellini, which I had the pleasure and honour of having represented here and which will be kept in our repertoire in honour of good taste and beautiful music ". He then speaks of Joseph JOACHIM, who entrusted him with the engagement proposals of Count Platen [director of the Royal Theatre of Hanover]; Liszt advised the violinist to respond diplomatically. "Just between us, Joachim will not leave Weymar, where he is highly appreciated and cherished by the court and the town.
If he decides to change his place, it is only to find a wider circle of activity and an honorarium more definitively in line with his talent. For the first point, he would need the exclusive direction of the concerts, and for the second the good pleasure of His Majesty. However, as one of his friends, Professor Wener of Göttingen, had spoken to him of 1000 thaler, he was a little surprised to see this figure reduced to that o