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#636 - Antonin Dvorak

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Scarce letter from the Czech master regarding his grand Requiem

ALS in English, signed “A. Dvorak,” one page, 5.5 x 3.5, August 28, 1891. Letter to his publishers, Novello & Ewer of London. In full: “I wish no dedication! For the title page of the vocal score ore [sic] full score!” Also addressed on the reverse in his own hand. Creases and tack holes to the lower left (affecting the place and date, with one light crease to the signature area), otherwise fine condition. Composed in 1890 and published by Novello & Ewer in 1891, the piece referred to in this letter is most certainly Dvorak’s famous Requiem in B-flat minor, Op. 89. The composition—a complex funeral march of classicist-romantic synthesis, requiring an enormous choir, solo vocalists, and full brass and percussion sections on top of a standard orchestra—premiered in October of the same year in Birmingham, England, conducted by Dvorak. Letters from the famed composer are highly sought-after. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA.

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