1 page. Quarto. Dated Nice, March 23, 1858. On Meyerbeer's personal letterhead, with his monogrammatic device blindstamped to upper left corner.
A letter of introduction for a Mr. Behr, whom Meyerbeer suggests would be an excellent correspondent on German matters for one of Millaud's journals, possible La Presse:
"Behr, a man of letters in Berlin, established for some time in Paris ... through his relations with all the apexes of literature, arts, and men of politics in Germany, can provide very interesting news about everything remarkable that is produced in Germany, and would be able to perhaps be of service as a German correspondent for your journal."
Slightly worn and browned; a few very small stains, not affecting text; creased at folds; laid down to mounting board at upper margin resulting in minor wrinkling.
Meyerbeer was "the most frequently performed opera composer during the 19th century, linking Mozart and Wagner." Matthias Brzoska in Grove Music Online.
"Meyerbeer was the first composer to realize the importance of the press in promoting his works. He is even said to have invented the modern press conference, complete with refreshments. Such close contacts with members and owners of the press were quite useful for favors and introductions, as can be seen in this letter." William Meredith, Director of the Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies.
Millaud was the publisher of several contemporary journals, including Liberté, Journal des chemins de fer, Conseiller du peuple, the Petit Journal, and La Presse.
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