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DVO?ÁK, Antonin 1841-1904
Autograph letter signed ("Ant. Dvo?ák") to music publisher Mr. [Alfred] Littleton regarding conducting his 6th Symphony in Worcester, etc.
2-1/2 pp. of a bifolium. Octavo. Wysocka, February 18, 1884.Mentioning three of his important works, including the Hymnus, which "made his name as a Czech composer in 1873," the Symphony No. 6 in D major, and the Stabat Mater; Birmingham; and a proposed trip to London in September. Dvo?ák says that he is happy to conduct his symphony in Worcester but would like to discuss compensation with the committee. "Conducting three works like Stabat, Hymnus, and the symphony is very hard work indeed. consequently I may request a larger honorarium from the committee. In my last letter of May 28, I shared more details with you on the subject of Birmingham. What do you think? I hope to bring the entire work with me to London in September." Dvorak proceeds to ask if he can send the photographs for Bennett and Hüffer directly to his address. Creased at folds. Dvo?ák's correspondent, Alfred Littleton (1845-1914), was co-owner of the important London publishing house Novello, Ewer & Company from 1886-1914. He played a very important role in Dvorak's musical activities in England, acting as his informal representative.The Symphony No. 6 in D major was composed from August 27-October 15, 1880, first published in Berlin in 1882, and first performed in Prague on March 25, 1881, dedicated to Hans Richter. The symphony was first published as Symphony No. 1. (Op. 60, once listed as op. 58: Burghauser 112, ?ourek 78). His Stabat mater, composed from February 19, 1876-November 13, 1877, was first published in Berlin in 1881, and first performed in Prague on December 23, 1880. (Op. 58, once listed as … [Click Below for Full Description]

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