Autograph letter signed ("Edw: Taylor") to "Mr. Jno. Bray, St. George's Bridge, Norwich" Edward TAYLOR.

Autograph letter signed ("Edw: Taylor") to "Mr. Jno. Bray, St. George's Bridge, Norwich"

1-1/4 pp. Quarto. Dated June 7, 1834. With integral autograph address panel.

Regarding an engagement in Westminster Abbey, saying that he has told Sir George Smart that he "cannot have a player more competent to Oratorio business" but concluding that he can do no more, "except as one of the Principal Singers," because "I don't choose to lay myself under any obligations to the Lords who pretend to manage the Festival."

Somewhat worn and soiled; creased at folds with small holes to address panel not affecting text; remnants of red sealing wax; small seal tears.

An English bass and writer on music, Taylor "sang at the Octagon Chapel and the Glee and Catch Club, was principal bass at the Hall Concerts, and played a key role in the founding and organization of the Norwich Triennial Festival in 1824; he was also skilled as a wind player and choir trainer... Still associated with opposition politics, by 1829 he had become music critic for the weekly Spectator. Its didactic, reform-minded tone suited him well, and he wrote there regularly for 14 years, notably on provincial festivals, the relative merits of Spohr (his friend) and Mendelssohn (whom he thought overrated), and on the importance of earlier music and of amateur music-making... Not the least of his achievements was the amassing of an important private collection, rich in church music, rare madrigals and motets, French, Italian and English (it was sold in 1863)." Leanne Langley in Grove Music Online.

Smart (1776-1867) was a noted conductor, organist and composer, central to 19th century English musical life. Item #21860

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