2 pp. Octavo. Dated Copenhagen, November 7, 1855. In black ink. In German (with translation).
Gade writes to Liszt inviting him to perform in Copenhagen in 1856, sends greetings to Hans von Bülow, and requests pieces by Wagner.
"It would be a great pleasure for me if, during a visit here, you would be willing to appear at one of the concerts of our Musical Union... Please give my best greetings to Herr von Bülow, and ask him to be so kind as to send me the pieces by Wagner - if he has received them - as I should very much like to play some of them here this winter."
Worn and browned; creased at folds and somewhat overall; early tape repairs to margins and folds; two small holes, one with loss to several letters, repaired with archival tape; two small holes just touching text.
Danish composer and conductor Niels W. Gade caught the attention of Mendelssohn with his First Symphony (1842), allowing him to move to Leipzig and serve as assistant conductor of the Gewandhaus. He was appointed as Mendelssohn's successor there but was forced to leave at the outset of the Danish-Prussian Wars. Back in Copenhagen, he set out to revitalize musical life, solidifying the Musical Society (Musikforeningen) and establishing the city in the model of German cultural centers. Gade soon became the leading musical figure in Denmark and conducted a number of premieres of major works.
The concert referred to in the present letter apparently never took place, as it seems Liszt's only visit to Copenhagen was in 1841.
An interesting letter from the leading 19th-century musician in Denmark to the celebrated Hungarian composer Liszt. Apparently unpublished. Item #31293
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