Autograph letter signed "F. Halévy" to "Mon cher Directeur." Jacques Fromental HALÉVY.

Autograph letter signed "F. Halévy" to "Mon cher Directeur."

1 page of a bifolium. Octavo. Dated Wednesday (no year). In black ink on dark ivory paper. In French (with translation).

Halévy will come to a rehearsal if the Director would like him to, but he believes he can accomplish more if he works at home.

"... I will do what will be agreeable to you, but I really think that what would be better to do, in order to advance our work, would be for me to stay tomorrow at my house all day long. I would get a good bit done. Couldn't you rehearse without me? [...] I repeat, my dear Director, that in several days spent entirely at my home, I would make enormous progress [...] "

Slightly foxed; small tear to upper margin; creased at folds; minor annotations in pencil to verso of second leaf.

A French composer, teacher and writer on music, Halévy was a pupil of both Cherubini and Méhul. His students at the Conservatoire included Gounod, Bizet, Lecocq and Saint-Saëns. Of Jewish parentage, his first serious grand opera, La Juive, became the greatest success of his career. "Wagner held Halévy’s work in high esteem (especially La Juive and La reine de Chypre) and drew attention to his sense of period achieved without recourse to mock-antique devices: ‘For my part’ he wrote, ‘I have never heard dramatic music which has transported me so completely to a particular historical epoch’." Hugh Macdonald in Grove Music Online. Item #23513

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