Composer Miscellany/Souvenirs/Collections

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Composer Miscellany/Souvenirs/Collections

Post by 4candles » Wed Jun 13, 2018 3:49 pm

Not sure where this could sit to be honest, but I recently ordered a scan from the BnF of one of three volumes of letters/press clippings/records/drawings put together to commemorate the life and music of French composer-critic Léon Kreutzer, who still fascinates me.

Among the pages of the book are letters – from Liszt, Gounod, Meyerbeer, Adolphe Sax, and others – and a few beautiful lithographs(?) and drawings (one of the young composer by his eventual wife, Clémence Kautz, a one-time student of Liszt). Unfortunately several of these pictures seem to be missing from the volume.

To have such a record of a relatively elusive, creative figure is great and I hope some of you who have an interest in historical letters and biographies might find some of it interesting. And if there are any among you who are good at deciphering handwriting, I'd love to learn what some of the less-legible letters are telling us!

Scan viewable here.


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