ROZSA, MIKLOS. 1907-1995.
ARCHIVE OF CORRESPONDENCE TO HIS SISTER.
15 Autograph Letters Signed and 115 Autograph Postcards Signed of Miklos Rozsa, in English and Hungarian, approx. 140 pp, 4to and 12mo, various places including Rome, Paris, Madrid, Florence, Vienna, and New York, June 29, 1960 to 1983, to his sister Edith Rozsa Jankay, some ALSs with autograph transmittal envelopes, condition generally good throughout.
Rozsa was a promising young composer who was introduced to film music in 1934 and soon was scoring the films of fellow Hungarian Alexander Korda. Some of his most memorable scores are for The Thief of Bagdad, Double Indemnity, Quo Vadis, and El Cid. He was nominated for an Academy Award 17 times, and won for Spellbound, A Double Life, and Ben-Hur (1959).
Rozsa's letters to his sister are newsy, discussing the politics of the day as well as the contemporary music scene. From June 15, 1968: "Your comments about the Mahler movement at Kennedy's funeral are so right. I heard it too on the Voice of America and couldn't believe my ears. It was as out of place as the Tristan Prelude ... would have been. But our national Lenny could have performed also his own Kaddish symphony, a monstrosity of bad taste, so one has to be thankful for small mercies ..." Rozsa goes on to discuss contemporary conspiracy theories regarding the assassinations of JFK, RFK and MLK: "Mr. Clark, the attorney general, announced that there is no conspiracy, before the name of the killer was known! An American newspaperman friend of mine told me, that Mrs. Oswald testified that her son worked for the C.I.A., which was never told to the public. That Ray was paid to shoot King is without any doubt. But will he talk who his sponsors were and if he talks, will we ever know it? Every member of the N.R.A. should be shot with their own guns, every Congressman who votes against the gun-law should be investigated and every Hollywood S.O.B. who profited by making the violence and brutality movies, should be chased out from California. The makers of Bonnie and Clyde should go to prison...."
Sold to benefit the Tibor Jankay Foundation. Artist Tibor Jankey was the brother-in-law of Edith Rozsa Jankay.