3-1/2 pp. Octavo. Dated Leipzig, June 28, 1907. In German (with translation).
Relative to concert engagements and fees, expressing his wish to "conduct as many concerts as possible or play sonatas," mentioning the premiere of his violin concerto, etc.
"As you know, I am permitted to do concerts from April 1, 1908, as much and where I want to. That is why I can do the Steetin concert on April 1; whereas I cannot possibly conduct a premiere of my violin concerto in Berlin on January 20, unless I am willing to pay a 10,000 Mark fine... So if you could see to it that I get as many engagements as possible, either for conducting or sonata evenings with Mr. Marteau... I would be much obliged. So please see to it that in the time of April 1 to 15, 1908, I can conduct as many concerts as possible or play sonatas."
Slightly worn and browned; one file hole to upper margin not affecting text; creased at folds, with short splits at upper and lower central folds and one side fold; two short marginal tears.
"The opening decade of the 20th century saw an increasing recognition of [Reger's] music among Catholic circles, where it had been largely ignored because of his preoccupation with Protestant genres. His concert activity in Munich also increased, particularly in his role as accompanist for the violinist Marteau, who later gave the first performance of his extremely demanding Violin Concerto (1907–8). The monumental concerto for piano and orchestra (1910) was written for another Munich friend, Frieda Kwast-Hodapp." John Williamson in Grove Music Online.
Henri Marteau (1874-1934), a French-born Swedish violinist, was regarded as one of the greatest performers of his time; he gave the premiere of Reger's Violin Concerto op. 101 with Artur Nikisch and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra October 15, 1908 referred to in the present letter. Item #22139
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