Lot 71
Sold for £1,080 (US$ 1,814) inc. premium
Lot Details
Autograph letter signed ("Kl. Schumann"), in German, to a gentleman (name of recipient erased), asking him to join them in rehearsal: "Joannes would like to rehearse his Cello Sonata, could you please talk to the children and come on Wednesday early in the morning? Or if you can't, in the afternoon at four o'clock?"; in postscript, she asks him to bring her watch and the account as well, 3 pages, mounted on an album leaf, light dust-staining, 8vo, no place or date


  • AN INVITATION TO REHEARSE BRAHMS'S CELLO SONATA WITH THE COMPOSER. Brahms's E minor Cello Sonata op.3 of 1862-1865, with its famous third movement based on Bach's Art of Fugue and dedicated to the amateur cellist Josef Gänsbacher, was first performed, privately among friends (with Brahms notoriously drowning out Josef Gänsbacher's cello), in 1865. The second Cello Sonata in F major, op.99, of 1886 was first performed by Robert Hausmann of the Joachim Quartet in 1886. The reference to a watch appears to tie this letter in with the one by Wagner, below.