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Item 592 - Franz Liszt Catalog 539 (Nov 2018)

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Estimate: $3,000.00 +
Sold Price: $4,098.85 (includes buyer's premium)


ALS in German, signed “F. Liszt,” three pages on two adjoining sheets, 5.25 x 8, December 11, 1852. Letter recommending Heinrich Huss, a talented young musician with a "nice baritone voice" who already had some success with his musical representations, which, however, didn't earn him an employment. In part (translated): "I recommend a young man very honest and cultured, who decides to risk all the bad odds of a career in the theater. Mr. Henr. Huss was previously trained for the commercial and stayed for some time in France and England. A charming baritone voice and her musical performance have earned her many salon successes, but have so far failed. His father was a pastor in Eisenach and many of my friends gave me a special recommendation.—But in Weimar, we can not set a suitable future for him and so he must migrate to the big Leipzig!" In fine condition, with light toning along the intersecting folds.

The unknown addressee seems to have been some person with influence on the musical life in Leipzig, perhaps Julius Rietz, director of the 'Leipziger Singakademie.' Huss worked for several years as a music teacher in Leipzig and in later years moved on to Berlin where he tried to establish an operatic school.

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