Autograph letter signed "Fr. Kalkbrenner" to Mr. J. [?]Ladlow (in all likelihood a banker), Gough Square, Fleet Street, [London].

1 page of a bifolium. Quarto. Dated February 12, 1816, 14 South Molton Street, [London]. In English With integral address panel with Kalkbrenner's initials stamped to virtually completely intact red wax seal.

Kalkbrenner writes relative to monies received from his bankers in Madrid and discusses the conversion into "English Money." "Will you be so kind as to write directly to Scotland & try to finish this business as soon as possible..."

Slightly worn, browned, creased, and soiled.

Kalkbrenner was a noted French pianist, teacher, and composer of German extraction. "At the end of 1814 he decided to move to England, where he remained for ten years; there he won the reputation which placed him in the front rank of European pianists. He stayed first for a few weeks in Bath, where in January 1815 he gave four successful concerts. He then took up residence in London, where his rise to fame was rapid. Camille Pleyel, in a letter to his parents from London on 3 April 1815, wrote: ‘Kalkbrenner is in great favour here, even eclipsing Cramer’. Kalkbrenner now became extremely active as a pianist, teacher and composer, and amassed a considerable fortune." Paul Dekeyser in Grove Music Online. Item #31104

Price: $350.00  other currencies

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