Autograph letter signed to the distinguished English critic Edwin Evans. Albert ROUSSEL.

Autograph letter signed to the distinguished English critic Edwin Evans

2 pp. (ca. 87 x 129 mm.). Dated Paris, September 1, 1909. On light gray cardstock. In French (with translation).

"... The copy of my score is finished and the copyist is working on the piano reduction of it. I will be able to send all of that to you next week. Do you know if this Danse will be performed at the beginning or end of winter? I would be happy to able to hear it upon my return from the Indies... "

Very light dampstaining to upper edge; minor annotations in pencil to blank lower margin of verso.

The "Danse" about which Roussel writes is most probably the "Danse de l'oiseau sacré," a ballet composed in 1909, apparently unpublished.

"Though he was touched by the successive waves of impressionism and neo-classicism in French music, [Roussel] was an independent figure, his music harmonically spiced and rhythmically vigorous... An eclectic, he forged a personal, unique style in a modern idiom resting on the foundations of traditional music... In September 1909 the Roussels set sail on a three-month voyage to the Indies and Cambodia, an experience which inspired two of the composer's major works: Evocations (1910–11) and Padmâvatî (1913–18)." Nicole Labelle in Grove Music Online.

Evans "was an important promoter, through writings and lectures, of contemporary English and French music, and was a pioneer in making the music of Debussy better known and appreciated by British audiences. From 1907 to 1917 he played a key role in the work of the committee of the Société des Concerts Français, which presented the first British performances of 240 French chamber works... His special interests led in 1923 to his becoming chairman of the British section of the ISCM... He knew Diaghilev and Stravinsky well... " H.C. Colles, et al. in Grove Music Online.

A tantalizing document regarding an unpublished work by this important French composer. Item #25504

Price: $450.00  other currencies

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