Autograph letter signed in full to [Dale E.] Fern. Mary GARDEN.

Autograph letter signed in full to [Dale E.] Fern

1 page. Octavo. Dated July 6, [19]49. In black ink. On stationery with "Tor-na-coille Hotel, Banchory, Kincardshire" and the hotel's phone numbers printed at head.

"I received your letter, and I will sign your Pelléas book with pleasure when I arrive in New York in September. I have no photographs of Salome, I am sorry to say. Greetings!"

Creased at folds.

An American soprano of Scottish birth, "Garden was recognized as a supreme singing-actress, with uncommonly vivid powers of characterization (her dramatic style influenced by both Sarah Bernhardt and Coquelin Ainé) and a rare subtlety of colour and phrasing." In 1902, Claude Debussy chose her to sing Mélisande in the première of Pelléas et Mélisande. When in 1909 she sang the title role in a New York performance of Richard Strauss's Salome, "her lascivious kissing of the severed head of the Baptist outraged the guardians of morality even more than her Dance of the Seven Veils (which she executed chastely in a body-stocking)." Michael T.R.B. Turnbull in Grove Music Online.

Item #23633

Price: $100.00  other currencies

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