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Autograph letter signed "F Liszt" to an unidentified male correspondent
1 page of a bifolium. Small octavo, 146 x 99 mm). No place. "Saturday." No year, but ca. 1884. In black ink. In French (with translation). "Very dear friend, Goldschmidt wants to acquaint me with his wonderful 'Helianthus' from a quarter to noon until one o'clock [pm]. I invite you cordially." Slightly worn and browned; creased at fold; small portion of blank outer corner lacking. The present letter was most probably written in Vienna in or around 1884; we have been unable to identify Liszt's correspondent. Adalbert von Goldschmidt (1848-1906) was a Viennese composer. "His first major success was the Berlin performance of his oratorio Die sieben Todsünden (1876), which was also successfully performed in other German cities and under Lamoureux in Paris; but although the public received it well in Vienna, Hanslick condemned it, calling it an ugly, exaggerated, unoriginal imitation of Wagner, in which the composer had committed ?a hundred thousand deadly sins?. Inspired by a watercolour by J. von Führich, Goldschmidt began work on an opera Helianthus, for which he wrote his own libretto and which was first performed in Leipzig in 1884... Goldschmidt's salon was an important centre of Viennese musical life; Liszt once played there." Gaynor G. Jones in Grove Music Online. Die sieben Todsünden was dedicated to Liszt, who transcribed two excerpts, Liebesszene und Fortunas Kugel, for piano.
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