1 page. Folio (ca. 269 x 208 mm). Dated Paris, September 22, 1934. On Japon paper. In French (with translation).
Although Ibert was glad to hear from his correspondent, he was surprised and worried about her illness. He sends his most "ardent and affectionate wishes," and hopes that she will recover completely during her visit to Vichy.
"With what joy I receive your attentive and loyal thought! But I am so concerned to learn that you had been seriously ill. I was worried when I did not hear from you – "from the end of the antenna" – in Venice... I hope that Vichy will restore you completely, and that you will soon return to your friends to assure them that you have forgotten this frightening and stupid unpleasantness... "
Creased at folds; minor remnants of adhesive to lower margin of blank verso.
"Ibert's music embraces a remarkable variety of genres as well as a considerable diversity of mood. His music can be festive and gay (as in the well-known Divertissement from his music for Un chapeau de paille d'Italie), lyrical and inspired, or descriptive and evocative (as in the orchestral Escales), often tinged with gentle humour. Neither atonal nor serial, and very rarely polytonal, all the elements of his musical language bar that of harmony relate closely to the Classical tradition. He makes regular use of chords of the 9th, 11th and 13th, altered and added-note chords; his modernity is also apparent in the contrapuntal writing that is the motor element in many of his works, though the sense of a tonal centre is preserved through the use of traditional cadential formulae. Evidence of the influence of other composers, even quotations, are found right across his output: the Debussian imprint in Persée et Andromède, the homage to Dukas in La Ballade de la geôle de Reading, his admiration for Roussel in the Ouverture de fête and the Bartók quotation in the Symphonie concertante. But the blend of tenderness and irony, lyricism and the burlesque are characteristics distinctly his own." Alexandra Laederich in Grove Music Online. Item #26817
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