LISZT Franz (1811-1886)

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LISZT Franz (1811-1886)

L.A.S. " F. Liszt ", Weimar 8 March 1859, [to Pauline VIARDOT]; 4 pages in-8 on blue paper.

A beautiful letter of homage to the singer, inviting her to perform in Weimar.

The letter from the " dear great artist " reached him as he was leaving for Berlin: " I had a question of honour to clear up by the re-execution of my Ideals. This very innocent piece of its nature had caused a rather scandalous scene at the previous Bülow concert, but this second time it was received with a benevolence that surpassed my expectations and especially those of my opponents of every colour. This first account settled, we shall settle others, poco a poco, and I hope that a couple of years will suffice to establish our position de facto as well as de jure "... He is charmed that his lines on his Weimar performances were agreeable to her, and thanks her again for giving him this wonderful opportunity to write them. "When you have your first opera performed, invite me as a serialist. I will gladly take on this task to everyone's satisfaction. In the meantime, allow me to send you the French original of the article published by the Neue Zeitschrift für Musik (nicknamed the Progressive Party Monitor in Germany). Perhaps Mr. Viardot will find a way to have it reproduced by some newspaper or magazine in Paris [...]. The Grand Duchess, who has kept a particularly kind memory of you, has ordered a grand concert for the day after her birthday on 9 April. We would be very happy to see and hear you there, and I have been instructed by her to ask you to do so very explicitly. Please be so kind as to answer me if it would be possible for you to come back to our little town on April 7, to illustrate the concert on the 9th, and we will keep the famous Air de GRAUN and the 3rd act of Otello on the Program. JOACHIM has promised to play his new Concerto and to serve as a repulse to you I will perhaps choose one of my symphonic enormities which are no longer music, as we know!
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