Autograph letter signed in full. To an unidentified male correspondent, possibly Alexandre Gullemin (1789-1872), the librettist of his biblical oratorio Ruth. César FRANCK.

Autograph letter signed in full. To an unidentified male correspondent, possibly Alexandre Gullemin (1789-1872), the librettist of his biblical oratorio Ruth.

1 page of a bifolium Octavo. N.p., n.d. ("Dimanche"). In French (with translation).

Franck apologizes for not responding sooner but he has been busy with his audition at the Conservatoire; he goes on to mention his oratorio Ruth.

"You have no doubt noticed that I haven't taken the time to respond to you, but... I have been busy for the last 18 days with my audition at the Conservatoire. This audition finally took place on Friday and was a complete success. Half of my score to Ruth will be performed next Sunday and Sunday February 4th. I am very happy. Next week I plan to bring together several people to hear our work and I hope that you won't miss it."

Slightly worn and browned; creased at folds.

Ruth, a biblical oratorio for solo voices, chorus, and orchestra with textual additions by A. Guillemin, was first performed at the Paris Conservatory on January 4, 1846; it was revised in 1871. Although initially not terribly well received, the revised version fared much better: "The society [Société Nationale de Musique] loyally included Franck’s Trio de salon op.1 no.2 in the programme of its first concert on 25 November 1871, and subsequently gave first performances of many of his important works. But belated recognition had already begun a month earlier with a favourably received performance of the revised version of Ruth, and the end of Franck’s obscurity was signalled by his nomination to succeed Benoist as professor of organ at the Conservatoire." John Trevitt and Joël-Marie Fauquet in Grove Music Online.

A French composer, teacher and organist of Belgian birth Franck "was one of the leading figures of French musical life during the second half of the 19th century." Item #31211

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