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Autograph textual manuscript signed ("Ch-M Widor") relative to the Conservatoire Franco-Americain de Fontainebleau
. Octavo. 2-1/2 pages of a bifolium. In black ink. Signed at conclusion and dated Paris, December 16, 1920. On letterhead with "Academie des Beaux- Arts" printed at upper left of first page. Together with autograph envelope. Widor offers detailed commentary on the Fontainbleau school, including mention of the noted American conductor and music educator Walter Damrosch's participation in its establishment. Creased and slightly split at folds; old tape repair to central creased not affecting text.. A very interesting document relative to Franco-American cooperation during the World War I era, both with regard to music in particular and to the broader socio-political context in general. "From 1914 [Widor] devoted a great deal of his energies to his post as permanent secretary to the Academie des Beaux-Arts, establishing pockets of French culture in London and Madrid, and contributing moral support to the war effort. He had thus achieved his personal ambition of full integration into the heart of his country's intellectual system, but at the cost of being regarded as a pillar of an antiquated establishment by the radical young postwar generation. Ultimately his reputation lies in his consummate mastery of the organ, which provided the greatest fulfilment of his compositional genius." Felix Raugel and Andrew Thomson in Grove online
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