Autograph letter signed "J. N. Hummel" to music publisher Carl Friedrich Peters. Johann Nepomuk HUMMEL.

Autograph letter signed "J. N. Hummel" to music publisher Carl Friedrich Peters.

Weimar: October 6, 1831. 1 page. Quarto (250 x 200 mm). Dated Weimar, October 6, 1831. With integral autograph address panel with sender's address: "Weimar den 6. Octbr 1831. J. N. Hummel" and recipient's note: "empf[angen] den 8 Do." In German (with translation).

Hummel thanks Peters for sending complimentary copies of a recently-published composition, returns a signed contact, and responds to an inquiry concerning the copyright of his works published by other companies, especially Artaria in Vienna.

"I have received your esteemed letter of September 16 of this year alongside the two complimentary copies of the Variations, and I send you my best thanks. The error of the designation 'Op. 120,' as committed by HF Farrenc, cannot be of any consequence to you because it is not the title but the work that matters. Enclosed please find the publisher’s certificate signed by me as you have requested. With respect to the publishing rights of my compositions mentioned by you, [I will say] the following..."

An annotated list of 13 works for piano by Hummel (including his opp. 3, 8, 34, 50, 52, 56, 57, 58, 65 and 76), published by Artaria and others, with comments on their publication, etc. follows. With pencilled annotations including identification in a different hand to foot of letter and "4 1/2 marks or $1.12 Bought at Berlin Germ[an]y Sept 2-1901" to upper left corner of verso.

Early paper repairs to blank margins at former seal.

Together with: A lithographic bust portrait in profile of the composer with credits, "Lordon delineavit," and caption, "J.N. Hummel, Né à Presbourg, en 1778 " with pencilled annotation to left margin: "I got this from Hummel's Nieces who were living in Hummels old home at Weimar Germany. Hummel & Beethoven were personal friends." Undated, but ca. 1830-40. Creased at folds and overall; edges frayed.

Hummel, an Austrian pianist, composer, teacher and conductor, "was considered in his time to be one of Europe’s greatest composers and perhaps its greatest pianist... As one of the last and greatest representatives of the 18th-century Viennese classical style that created him, Hummel played a vital and still largely unacknowledged role in creating the new romantic style of the 19th century." Joel Sachs and Mark Kroll in Grove Music Online.

Carl Friedrich Peters (1779-1827), a bookseller in Leipzig, bought Hoffmeister and Kühnel's business in 1814. Peters began publishing music by Hummel in 1818, and his company continued to do so after his death; Hummel and Peters were personal friends. When writing the present letter, the celebrated composer and pianist Hummel had been kapellmeister at the court in Weimar for twelve years. He continued to live in Weimar until his death. The "variations" mentioned in the first sentence of the letter are Les charmes de London for piano, published by various companies in 1831 almost simultaneously. As the letter mentions, Farrenc in Paris used the incorrect opus number 120, which Peters corrected to 119. Item #25272

Price: $2,250.00  other currencies

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