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Lot #537
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Autograph Letter Signed

Mendelssohn asks for the return of "two books of Bach's Organ-music"

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Mendelssohn asks for the return of "two books of Bach's Organ-music"

Prodigiously gifted German Romantic composer (1809-1847) whose musical output represents virtually every form and genre of the era. ALS, one page, 4.25 x 4.5, July 2, 1844. Handwritten letter to a gentleman, in full: "Pray send me by bearer the two books of Bach's Organ-music which I brought over for you & sent to you at the beginning of my stay here." Handsomely triple-matted and framed with a portrait (bearing a facsimile signature) to an overall size of 10.5 x 19. In fine condition. The music of Johann Sebastian Bach heavily influenced Mendelssohn's own work, and his performances of Bach's composition—most notably the St. Matthew Passion in 1829—revived interest in the great composer's work. Extraordinary content from the hand of a Romantic master.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autograph and Artifacts Featuring Classical Music
  • Dates: #661 - Ended April 12, 2023

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