Autograph letter signed "Méhul." To Boulanger at the Comédie-Italienne. Etienne-Nicolas MÉHUL.
Autograph letter signed "Méhul." To Boulanger at the Comédie-Italienne.

Autograph letter signed "Méhul." To Boulanger at the Comédie-Italienne.

1 page. Small octavo. N.p., n.d. but probably Paris, ca. 1800. With integral autograph address panel with further address "au Citoyen Lagritte." In French (with translation).

Méhul apologizes to his correspondent for the Minister's decision not to supply a ticket for Boulanger's friend (perhaps Lagritte).

"I warn you, my dear Boulanger, that the Minister has refused to give me a ticket for your friend; you can judge, by the pleasure I took in promising it to you, how much pain I feel in conveying the Minister's decision to you. "

Somewhat worn, browned, and soiled; two small ink spots to blank upper margin; creased at folds; remnants of red sealing wax to address panel; minor remnants of former mount and identification in a contemporary hand to verso.

Together with an attractive full-length hand-coloured engraving by Leclerc after A[rmand] Guilleminot depicting the composer seated at the keyboard, sheet size ca. 261 x 174 mm. Slightly worn, browned, and trimmed; minor remnants of tape to margins of verso.

The engraved portrait of Méhul is a variant of that published in Le Plutarque français, vol. 6, 1847, p. 235.

"[Méhul] was one of the leading composers in Paris during the Revolution, Consulate and Empire. His works for the Opéra-Comique increased the range in subject and tone of the theatre’s repertory; the serious lyric drames, in particular, were influential models for his contemporaries and praised by later composers such as Weber, Berlioz and Wagner." M. Elizabeth C. Bartlet in Grove Music Online. Item #31219

Price: $425.00  other currencies

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