Autograph letter signed to the Viennese Court Opera singer Vilém Heš (Wilhelm Hesch 1860-1908) from the "Waltz King" relative to his operetta Die Fledermaus
by STRAUSS, Johann, Jr. 1825-1899
Remembered primarily for his dance music, Johann Strauss also composed multiple operettas, of which Die Fledermaus is the most famous. First performed at the Theater an der Wien on April 5, 1874, it soon became a staple in opera houses across Europe and the United States.It does not appear that Strauss ever, in fact, composed this proposed new number for Mr. Hesch.Our thanks to Peter Kemp for kindly confirming the identity of the recipient of this letter and a reference to it in Franz Mailer's Johann Strauss (Sohn): Leben und Werk in Briefen und Documenten, Band VIII, p. 386.. 2 pp. of a bifolium. Small octavo. Dated Sunday [November 7, 1897]. On stationery with Strauss's musical monogram gilt incorporating double staves to upper left corner. In German (with translation). Pleased by Heš's artistry, Strauss would like to compose at least one new number for him for an upcoming performance of his operetta, Die Fledermaus."Motivated by the awareness of your friendly collaboration in Die Fledermaus, I plan to compose, indeed, at the very least, a short number for you, whom I so highly value as an artist, for the next performance."Slightly foxed; creased at folds; minor offsetting to second page; remnants of former mount to blank versos. (Inventory #: 23263)
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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