1 page. Quarto (204 x 255 mm). Dated October 21, 1924. In black ink on letterhead of the Swan Hotel in Bedford, England, with illustration of the hotel printed in blue at head. Together with autograph envelope.
Cortot sends his regrets to the Lady Mayoress of Norwich that he will not be able to accept her invitation:
"I will not be able to enjoy the honor you have wished to grant me, as my performances prevent my arriving in Norwich until November 1st."
Slightly worn; creased at folds.
Pianist and conductor Alfred Cortot was one of the leading musical figures in Paris. The recipient of his letter is almost certainly Helen Caroline Colman (1865-1947), who served as Lady Mayoress of Norwich when her sister Ethel Colman became the first female Lord Mayor of Norwich in 1923. The Colmans were daughters of Jeremiah Colman, a noted philanthropist, member of Parliament, and the manager of the family's mustard business.
"Cortot’s repertory was immense, extending from Purcell to Stravinsky, but he was noted mainly for his intimate understanding of Romantic music. His recordings, which were more numerous than any pianist of his era except perhaps Artur Rubinstein, include outstanding interpretations of Schumann’s Etudes symphoniques (1929) and Kreisleriana (1935), Chopin’s Ballades (1929), Preludes (1926) and Sonata in B minor (1933), Franck’s Prélude, choral et fugue (1929) and Saint-Saëns’s Fourth Concerto (1935). In these, and in recordings with Thibaud and Casals, his playing continues to dazzle pianists by its lyrical delicacy, nobility and extraordinary tonal variety. He was an ardent champion of the new French piano music of his day, and devoted three volumes to its exposition." Martin Cooper and Charles Timbrell in Grove Music Online. Item #31356
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