ELGAR (EDWARD) Series of nearly twenty autograph, dictated and typed letters signed, to members of the Baldwyn family, music sellers of Worcester, 1889-1933
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ELGAR (EDWARD) Series of nearly twenty autograph, dictated and typed letters signed, to members of the Baldwyn family, music sellers of Worcester, 1889-1933
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Series of nearly twenty autograph, dictated and typed letters signed, to members of the Baldwyn family, music sellers of Worcester, including Edgar E. Baldwyn, Charles H.C. Baldwyn, and, especially, the song-composer Maud E. Baldwyn, the earliest dated letter written on 3 July 1889 from Field Terrace, Worcester, when Elgar was still a music-teacher, to Edgar, regretting that "our lessons have come to an end" and thanking him "for your galop wh: I think excellent"; the last letter dictated on Boxing Day 1933 from the Nursing Home, Worcester, and signed in an unsteady hand, two months before his death, to Maud Baldwyn, regretting that "we were not able to arrange a gramophone meeting earlier in the year" and sending New Year's greetings; intermediate letters advising Edgar on orchestration ("...You cannot learn much "orchestration" from books: the new book by Prout pub.d by Augener is a practical treatise & his smaller primer pub.d by Novello is useful – larger works such as Berlioz are useful for advanced students. You had better try Prout..."), thanking Charles for a drawing ("...I do not know what I have done to deserve so much kindness..."), condoling Maud on the loss of a brother ("...Your brother has not written to me since I left Worcester in 1889 I think..."), supporting Maud's election, letting Maud give his names as a referee, thanking her "for so kindly sending me the songs", thanking her (he being by now Master of the King's Musick) for her "charming song which I have played through with much pleasure ("...the second crochet sh.d be 'g' not 'e'; not very important..."), thanking Maud for letting him see an album, telling her of about performances of the Cello Concerto ("...The 'Cello Concerto is not in he programme at Worcester Festival and I do not think the B.B.C. are giving it. There is a very good record of it played by Miss Harrison..."), informing her when Lionel Tertis is performing and allowing her to "tell the lady I sd your song was 'charming'", giving publication details as far as he can recollect of 'Rosemary' and 'Mot d'Amour', sending her Christmas wishes for 1930 ("...I sent out no cards this year or you wd certainly have had one..."), in June 1932 expressing his delight in the gramophone ("...I am glad to know that the music has given you pleasure. I hope you have a good gramophone on which all the symphonies etc. can be played. The instrument I have is a continual joy..."), and in June 1933 looking forward to the gramophone meeting that was never to be; together with envelopes and printed Christmas & New Year cards for 1929-30 and 1932-33, plus one of 1937-38 from Carice, over 20 pages, one small tape-stain but generally in fine condition, 4to and 8vo, Worcester, Malvern, London and elsewhere, 1889-1933 where dated


  • FORTY YEARS CORRESPONDENCE WITH A FAMILY ELGAR HAD KNOWN FROM HIS CHILDHOOD: an attractive series covering nearly the whole span of Elgar's composing career, written to members of a Worcester family sharing Elgar's own musical roots, being owners of a music shop very near the piano warehouse of Elgar's father. Maud, his principal correspondent, was herself a talented musician: 'Even in Worcester there was a rival. She was Maud Baldwyn, niece of W.H. Baldwyn, Elgar's eccentric predecessor at St George's who now had an interest in a family music business in the High Street almost opposite the Elgars. Maud was widely advertised as "The Infant Musical Genius, aged six years", and had appeared in London, Dover, Ramsgate, and Dublin' (Jerrold Northrop Moore, Edward Elgar: A Creative Life, 1984, pp. 23-24). Her brother Charles, whose drawing so touched Elgar (see above), will be familiar to collectors of Worcester Porcelain as one of the factory's best-known painters. The letters have remained in the family until now.
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