4 pp. of a bifolium (110 x 140 mm.). Berlin, April 5, 1857. In black ink. In German (with translation).
Bülow writes to Franz Brendel, editor of the Neue Zeitschrift für Musik, regarding his recent successful piano recitals in Leipzig.
He notes that his cousin Livia Frege had hosted a dinner for him and that he would "never forget the kind words that she spoke to me." The letter clearly shows Bülow's joy in his success, stating that he "... has longed for recognition once again. Otherwise, I think the past was just a dream." He asks Brendel to send him copies of the reviews, for his "unvarnished" opinion, and wishes that he would have stayed longer after the concert: "We would have liked to spend the evening with you. Instead we suffered among a terrible gang of philistines."
Slightly worn and browned; creased at folds with small split to lower margin.
After studying for years with Liszt in Weimar, Hans von Bülow embarked on a series of concert tours before turning to his better-known career as a conductor. In 1857, he performed two recitals at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig (March 31 and April 1) that included Liszt's arrangement of Schubert's Wandererfantasie and Beethoven's Diabelli Variations. The performances were an unqualified success, leading to a number of positive reviews and even pacifying his skeptical family.
Brendel (1811-1868) formally reviewed Bülow's performance in his article "Hans von Bülow als Pianofortespieler" in the Neue Zeitschrift für Musik, April 17, 1857.
It is thought that Bülow may, in fact, have been the first to give a public performance of Beethoven's Diabelli Variations, on November 22, 1856, in Berlin. See Kinsky-Halm, p. 770.
A candid letter from a young Bülow to one of the leading German writers on music, apparently unpublished. Item #31291
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