Typed letter with autograph noted signed "Ted Heath" to the noted English composer, broadcaster, and writer on music Antony Hopkins
by HEATH, Sir Edward Richard George 1916-2005
In reference to Heath's invitation, Hopkins wrote, in an unpublished letter: "after [Ted Heath] had been made leader of the Conservatives, there'd been a TV prog. in which, besides the chat, he'd played the first two pages of the Schubert Bb pf. sonata - not very well! I'd sent a telegram congratulating him on the promotion, and ending 'Will give you lesson on the Schubert sometime.' (I'd got to know him through my radio talks which he much admired). He took me up on the 'lesson' after a dinner party at his Albany flat a few days later."Heath served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1970 to 1974 and Leader of the Conservative Party from 1965 to 1975. He was an amateur pianist, organist, and orchestral conductor who conducted concerts of the London Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the English Chamber Orchestra, and other orchestras in Germany and the United States.Hopkins (1921-2014) is best known as a broadcaster and lecturer on music. "His weekly radio programme ‘Talking about Music', in which he engagingly discussed the history, content and structure of a major work, ran for 36 years. He has also written a number of books and has introduced and conducted concerts, for children especially, in Britain, Australia and East Asia. As a tribute to his manifold activities the city of Tokyo in 1973 made him a special award. He was made CBE in 1976 and a Fellow of Robinson College, Cambridge, in 1980." Richard Cooke in Grove Music Online.. 1 page. Folio (ca. 241 x 191 mm). Dated August 31, 1965. On stationery with House of Commons device embossed in blue at upper left.A stock letter to Heath's "personal friends" thanking them for their encouragement and messages, presumably following his election as the Leader of the Conservative Party of the United Kingdom in 1965. The autograph note, addressed specifically to Hopkins, invites the composer to play Schubert's Piano Sonata in B-flat major, D. 960 for him - an oblique reference to Heath's less than exemplary rendition of the sonata on a TV program, and a letter Hopkins had written him about it: "... Do come in one evening & do the Schubert Bb for me. You must have been horrified by it..."Slightly soiled; creased at folds and slightly overall. (Inventory #: 27042)
Musical Autographs and Manuscripts; Rare Books on Music and Dance; First and Early Editions of Printed Music; Prints, Drawings and Ephemera relating to Music and Dance including Opera and Ballet.
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