Autograph letter signed and dated September 2 [no year] to Mr. Peake at the English Opera House. Robert BOCHSA.

Autograph letter signed and dated September 2 [no year] to Mr. Peake at the English Opera House

2-1/4 pp. Octavo. With Bochsa's address at 2 Bryanstone Street noted in manuscript at head and integral autograph address panel. In French (with translation).

Bochsa thanks Peake for sending his two tickets for the evening's performance. "I've been wanting very much to visit your elegant theatre... but I've been so busy and almost always in the country that I have not until now thanked you as well as Mr. Arnold for having the kindness to put my name and that of Mrs. Bochsa on the 'free list.' "

Slightly soiled; creased at folds.

"[Boscha] was official harpist to Napoleon, then to Louis XVIII, in whose service he composed seven operas. In 1817 he left France to avoid imprisonment for forgery and took up residence in London, where he was successful as a harpist and a concert impresario. He was declared bankrupt and revealed as a bigamist but through the king's influence was engaged as music director at the King's Theatre (1826–30). In 1839 he eloped with Henry Bishop's wife, Anna, and toured in Europe, America, and Australia as a harp virtuoso. He contributed to the development of modern harp technique, his compositions including many works for the instrument; he also wrote a much-admired harp method." Percy Scholes in Grove Music Online.

Bochsa's correspondent, Peake, is most probably the early 19th century English dramatist Richard Brinsley Peake 1792-1847, whose plays were produced at the English Opera House; his reference to "Arnold" is most probably to Samuel James Arnold (1774-1852), the English librettist and impresario (son of the English composer Samuel Arnold, 1740-1802), who obtained a lease on the Lyceum Theatre in 1815, rebuilt it, and formally opened it as the English Opera House on June 15, 1816. Item #21569

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