Autograph letter signed "I. Moscheles" to the pianist and composer Louis Brassin. Ignaz MOSCHELES.
Autograph letter signed "I. Moscheles" to the pianist and composer Louis Brassin
Autograph letter signed "I. Moscheles" to the pianist and composer Louis Brassin

Autograph letter signed "I. Moscheles" to the pianist and composer Louis Brassin

2 pp. of a bifolium. With integral address panel. Dated Leipzig, January 18, 1862. In German (with translation).

Moscheles thanks Brassin for sending two volumes of his concert etudes. "No doubt, there will be much for me to praise, and with that conviction in mind, I am very happy to accept the dedication of the 3rd volume." He goes on to make suggestions in a postscript regarding how Brassin indicates tempi, and lists the 15 accidentals that he noticed missing when playing through the first etude.

Slightly worn; uniform light browning; creased at folds; edges slightly browned.

A Bohemian pianist and composer of Jewish descent, Moscheles was one of Vienna's most popular pianists, "hailed as an equal and friend by Clementi and J.B. Cramer." He met the 15-year-old Mendelssohn in 1824 in Berlin and "gave him some finishing lessons on the piano." He went on to became principal professor of piano at the Leipzig Conservatory in 1846, recently founded by Mendelssohn. Known also as a conductor, Moscheles led the first London performance of Beethoven's Missa solemnis in 1832 and very successful performances of the Ninth Symphony in 1837 and 1838.

"Hanslick assessed Moscheles as one of the last great representatives of the Classical school and also the beginner of a new epoch."

"The majority of Moscheles’s compositional output is piano music; some, including the sonatas, is of lasting consequence... Schumann considered Moscheles one of the best sonata composers of his generation... His piano method is best represented in his sets of studies, which are still used: Schumann saw these as bridging the gap between the age of Clementi and that of Chopin and being indebted to Bach’s Clavier-Übung." Jerome Roche and Henry Roche in Grove Music Online.

Louis Brassin (1840-1884), the addressee, was a member of a well-known family of Belgian musicians that included his brothers, pianist Leopold Brassin and violinist Gerhard Brassin. Item #20395

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