Autograph letter to [Jules] Simon, Prime Minister of France. Signed in full
by VIARDOT, Pauline 1821-1910
Viardot, a highly distinguished French singer, teacher, and composer of Spanish origin, "came from a family of singers: her father was the elder Manuel García, her mother María Joaquina Sitches, her brother the younger Manuel García and her sister Maria Malibran... Viardot not only inspired composers such as Chopin, Berlioz, Meyerbeer, Gounod, Saint-Saëns, Liszt, Wagner and Schumann with her dramatic gifts but also collaborated on the composition of roles created especially for her. She was active as a teacher, continuing the García method. She studied the piano with Meysenberg and Liszt and composition with Reicha, but concentrated on singing after Malibran's death in 1836." Beatrix Borchard in Grove Music Online.Jules Simon (1814-1896) was a French statesman, philosopher, and the thirty-eighth Prime Minister of France.. 1 page. Small quarto (ca. 98 x 103 mm.). Dated October 11. In French (with translation)."Here is a ticket for the rehearsal of Gl[uck's] Alceste, which takes place tomorrow at exactly 7:30 in the evening. I count on your friendship to provide some observations for me..."Slightly worn; creased at fold; blank upper left corner lacking, just touching first letter of salutation; small tear to upper right margin; slightly stained and with minor remnants of former mount to upper margin of verso. (Inventory #: 24182)
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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