Autograph letter signed "F Liszt" to Belgian banker Charles Dubois. Franz LISZT.
Autograph letter signed "F Liszt" to Belgian banker Charles Dubois.

Autograph letter signed "F Liszt" to Belgian banker Charles Dubois.

2 pp. of a bifolium (113 x 181 mm). Dated April 10. Postmarked April 13, 1841. With integral address panel. In black ink. In French (with translation).

Liszt entreats his friend Dubois to come to Paris:

"... we must chat seriously about business, and more than business in Paris. Write to me. You will be received with open arms and open heart."

Slightly worn and browned; creased at folds with small splits, some repaired with tape; small portion of blank outer corner lacking; ink blots to address panel.

In April 1841, Liszt was in Paris after returning from his concert tour in Britain in mid-March. On March 27, he gave a recital that included the highly successful premiere of his Reminiscences on Meyerbeer's Robert le diable.

Dubois asked the Belgian ambassador to introduce him to Liszt in April 1840 while visiting Paris. The two met again in Brussels in February 1841, and Dubois claims that he was the one to invite Liszt to perform in Liège. His memoirs include oft-repeated descriptions of the fervour surrounding Liszt's appearances in public. He writes: "People fought over him, they took his gloves, they cut pieces from his clothing; in the end he no longer dared go out on foot, but when he was seen in a carriage people would unharness the horses and pull the vehicle themselves. Wherever he went, he provoked both frenzy and folly." Berger: Franz Liszt A Chronicle of His Life in Pictures and Documents, p. 147. Dubois's memoirs conclude with Liszt's tour of Belgium in 1842.

No other correspondence between Liszt and Dubois is documented. Item #31355

Price: $2,800.00  other currencies

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