Used; Like New/Used; Like New. Autograph letter from the German cellist and composer known for his innovations in cello design and notation. Addressed to a Herr von Pappenheim, the letter reads (translated from the German): "Since I have organized a quintet at my residence tomorrow until half past three, I would like to ask you to attend." Undated. 1 p. on a bifolium, with address and original wax seal on the verso. Folding creases and one loss to the corner on the verso; overall in fine condition. 5 x 8 inches (12.4 x 20.5 cm).Romberg was born in Dinklage. His father, Anton Romberg, played the bassoon and cello and gave Bernhard his first cello lessons. In addition to touring Europe with his cousin Andreas Romberg, Bernhard Romberg also joined the MÃ¼nster Court Orchestra.Â Together with his cousin, he later joined the court orchestra of the Prince Elector Archbishop of Cologne in Bonn in 1790, where they met the young Beethoven. Beethoven admired and respected Bernhard Romberg as a musician. However, Romberg had difficulty understanding some of Beethoven's musical ideas, and rejected Beethoven's offer of a cello concerto for him, saying that he primarily performed his own compositions.Â Romberg made several innovations in cello design and performance. He lengthened the cello's fingerboard and flattened the side under the C string, thus giving it more freedom to vibrate. He also invented what is known as the Romberg bevel, a flat section beneath the E string of the double bass that allowed the larger string to vibrate more freely. He is also thought to be among the first cellists to perform from memory, which was a skill praised highly in his day.
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