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Lot 42
CASALS (PABLO) Series of approximately 25 autograph and typed letters
Sold for £3,107 (US$ 5,316) inc. premium
Lot Details
CASALS (PABLO)
Series of approximately 25 autograph and typed letters signed ("Pablo Casals"), to Edward and Antonia Speyer ("Mes trés chères amis"), giving extensive accounts of his concerts, recordings and tours ("...Je vous annonce aussi avoir fait la première et quatrième symphonies de Beethoven avec mon orchestre de Barcelone. Le tout avec la compagnie 'His Master's Voice'. Mais ce n'ést pas tout; le Double Conerto de Brahms a été enregistré il y a quelques mois par Thibaud et moi et mon orchestre dirigée par Cortot. J'espère que ceci vous encouragera à l'idée de posseder un bon appareil..."), and announcing his engagement to Susan Metcalfe, one on a signed postcard photograph of Casals, c.50 pages, 4to and 8vo, Paris, London, Barcelona and elsewhere, 1909-32

Footnotes

  • In his autobiography, Joys and Sorrows Casals records: "When I travelled to England, I used to visit Ridgehurst, the country estate of Sir Edward Speyer, the British Financier and famous patron of music, who helped found the Classical Concert Society -he was already almost seventy when we met, a wonderful old man, who had been friends with Joachim, Brahms, and other great musical figures. Speyer was a tennis enthusiast himself; he had a splendid court at Ridgehurst, and I always took my racket as well as my cello with me when I went there. In his memoirs Speyer recalls my arriving at his estate one day in the early 1900's-dressed in my white flannels - and saying, 'First we'll play six sets of tennis and then the two Brahms sextets.'"
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