2 pp. Small octavo (ca. 164 x 104 mm). Dated Choisy-au-Bac, Monday evening, November 18 [ca. 1881-1891]. On ivory paper. In French (with translation).
Delibes attempts to schedule a meeting with a man who is evidently interested in pursuing a career in music, and specifically in studying with Delibes at the Paris Conservatoire.
"... I propose that you visit me at the Conservatory on Wednesday from 1 to 3. This year, my class is a bit disorganized and we are doing more counterpoint than composition. But, in any case, we will be able to chat about your intentions and your career plans... "
Slightly worn and soiled; slightly creased at folds and lower portion; remnants of adhesive to verso, not affecting text.
In 1881 Delibes succeeded Reber as composition professor at the Conservatoire; this letter was thus probably written sometime between Delibes's academic appointment and his death in 1891.
"[Delibes's] workmanship was of the highest order; he had a natural gift for harmonic dexterity and a sure sense of orchestral colour, and nothing in his music is out of place. He was a disciplined composer, and it is tempting to see in the exquisite pastiche dances that he composed in 1882 for Hugo’s Le roi s’amuse not just a sharp ear for style but a genuine feeling for the world of 17th-century French classicism, later to be espoused with such ardour by Saint-Saëns, d’Indy and Debussy." Hugh Macdonald in Grove Music Online. Item #26839
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