Postmarked as received 28 December 1904. In German (with translation).
Reger asks his correspondent to review an upcoming concert of his works.
"Please be so very kind as to assure me that you will write the review for the Reger evening in the Bechstein-Saal on 3rd Jan. I should be very grateful to you if you would attend the whole of the concert and review it! I am looking forward greatly to meeting you personally in Berlin this time ..." Reger expects to arrive in Berlin on the evening of December 31st, and sends best wishes to Ertel for the New Year.
"[Reger's] musical style, which combines a chromatic harmonic language with Baroque and Classical formal procedures, situates him as both a successor to late 19th-century Romanticism and a forerunner of early 20th-century modernism." John Williamson in Grove Music Online.
Ertel (1865-1933), a composer and pianist, studied the piano with Brassin and composition with Tauwitz in Poznan, becoming a pupil of Franz Liszt in Weimar in 1886. He also worked as a music critic for various newspapers in Berlin, as the present letter attests.
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