Autograph letter signed to musicologist Hans Volkmann. Felix DRAESEKE.

Autograph letter signed to musicologist Hans Volkmann.

2 pp. of a bifolium. Octavo. Dresden, February 3, 1903. On stationery with watermark "Extra Superfine." In German (with translation).

Draeseke thanks Volkmann belatedly for sending him a copy of his new book on the composer Robert Volkmann (1815-1883):

"... I learned of your address [only] yesterday through my old friend, Geheimer Hofrat Stern. Perhaps it will be of interest to you that, while living in Lausanne, I have energetically championed [Robert Volkmann's Piano] trio in B-flat minor... [I wish] your book, devoted to the memory of such an excellent musician, the widest possible dissemination..."

Slightly creased at upper edge.

Together with a vintage bust-length postcard photograph, ca. 136 x 87 mm. With reproduction signature to lower margin. Edges slightly worn and silvered; verso lightly browned with some biographical annotations in pencil.

"Early in his career Draeseke was among the most original of the composers associated with the New German school of Wagner and Liszt, but by the time of this essay [Die Konfusion in der Musik, 1906] he had become more conservative in style. He developed a distinct approach to harmony, and an idiosyncratic handling of voice leading..." Alan H. Krueck in Grove Music Online.

Robert Volkmann's Piano Trio in B-flat Minor, op. 5 (1850), mentioned in the letter "was championed by Liszt, to whom it was dedicated, and admired by Bülow and Wagner." Thomas M. Brawley in Grove Music Online.

Hans Volkmann's monograph on his great uncle Robert is considered to be one of his most significant works.

Adolf Stern (1835-1907) was a poet and literary historian. Item #23664

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