1 page. Octavo. Dated October 25, 98. In black ink. On stationery with "Skrzydlów par Kłomnice" printed at head. In French (with translation).
De Reszke regrets that his brother, the famed bass, Edouard De Reszke (1853-1917), could not see his correspondent during a trip through Paris. De Reszke will try to prepare his correspondent's composition for a future meeting, which will take place once he has returned to Paris.
"I will attempt to immerse myself in your work for him [Edouard De Reszke] and me – and I will be at your service beginning December 3, when I intend to be in Paris before I myself leave for the United States."
Slightly creased at central fold; lacking small portion of blank corner.
A second autograph letter signed in full to the same recipient. 2 pp. Octavo. Dated [Paris] December 3, 1898. In black ink. In French (with translation).
De Reszke has returned to Paris and would like to hear La Reine de Beauce, a new comédie musicale by Arthur Coquard, and likely the work mentioned in the first letter.
"I've returned and I am all ready to familiarize myself with La Reine de Beauce... How very keen my wife is to help with this interesting hearing. We would be very obliged to you if you would be willing to organize it at our home, 5 Rue Léon Cogniet."
Polish baritone, and later tenor Jean de Reszke (1850-1925) was one of the most famous opera singers of the late nineteenth century. "His beautiful voice, fine musicianship and handsome appearance made him unsurpassed in the French repertory, as well as in the Wagner roles he sang with such distinction." Elizabeth Forbes in Grove Music Online.
Arthur Coquard (1846-1910) was a French composer and critic, and quite possibly the recipient. Coquard completed La Reine de Beauce in 1898, the same year these letters were written. Item #23558
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