Autograph letter signed "C. Saint-Saëns" to "Chère Madame" Camille SAINT-SAËNS.

Autograph letter signed "C. Saint-Saëns" to "Chère Madame"

3 pp. of a bifolium. Octavo (ca. 179 x 114 mm). Dated June 14. On ivory stationery. In French (with translation).

Saint-Saëns writes that he cannot have lunch with his correspondent first, because "he never dines at anyone's home," and second, because he must supervise a competition in Dieppe on Saturday. Otherwise he would have asked her for a cup of coffee. He hopes, however, that she will "agree to make a little music" with him sometime in the future, "in spite of the bad state of his fingers," which have been "rusted by the excessive use of ruled paper."

Slightly worn and soiled; creased at folds; occasional show-through, not affecting text.

Together with a photographic reproductiion of the composer seated in formal dress, 252 x 203 mm. Minor remnants of former mount to upper corners of verso.

"Like Mozart, to whom he was often compared, [Saint-Saëns] was a brilliant craftsman, versatile and prolific, who contributed to every genre of French music. He was one of the leaders of the French musical renaissance of the 1870s." Sabina Teller Ratner et al. in Grove Music Online. Item #27116

Price: $500.00  other currencies

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