Autograph letter to an unidentified male recipient, signed in full
by STRAUSS, Richard 1864-1949
As promised, Strauss completed the score for Elektra on September 22, 1908. The opera premièred at the Dresden Hofoper on January 25, 1909, followed shortly thereafter by a performance in Berlin on February 15. Although publically announced in newspapers such as the New York Times, the Monte Carlo première appears not to have eventuated. The French language première of the opera was actually given by the Manhattan Opera Company on February 1, 1910; Strauss accorded the first American performance of Elektra to this fledgling company of Oscar Hammerstein's as something of an act of revenge upon the Metropolitan Opera for banning his previous opera, Salome. Raoul Gunsbourgh (1860-1955) was the longest-serving director of the Opéra de Monte-Carlo, his career there spanning almost six decades.. 2 pp. of a bifolium. Octavo. Dated Garmisch, July, 20, 08. In black ink. On lined paper. In French (with translation). An important letter in which Strauss discusses the forthcoming Dresden, Berlin, and Monte Carlo premières of his opera, Elektra. "... Tell [Raoul Gunsbourgh] that I am sure to finish the score for Elektra by September, that everything will be printed by the beginning of December and that the French première at Monte Carlo can take place towards the end of February or the beginning of March... I myself will be able to conduct Elektra at Monte Carlo if all circumstances permit. I want to personally assist in the première of Elektra at Dresden (at the end of January)... "Very slightly soiled; creased at folds. (Inventory #: 23366)
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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