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Autograph Letter Signed
1836. Signed. WORDSWORTH, William.Autograph Letter Signed.Rydal Mount: October 8, [1836].Fine autograph letter signed by Wordsworth to English composer Thomas Attwood discussing the setting of some of Wordsworth's verses to music, in which the poet grants his permission, but forbids the correspondent from making alterations to the verses "for the sake of accommodating them to music." Finely framed with a portrait of the poet, a very handsome piece.The letter is addressed to Mozart's pupil, Thomas Attwood, with the integral address leaf attached. It reads, in part: "In answer to your request, I have to say that you are quite at liberty to accompany any part of my verses with your music; I must request however that if you fix upon parts of Poems only you would be so kind as to take the trouble of mentioning it to the Public, and I must entreat that no alterations be made in the words for the sake of accommodating them to music…" Thomas Attwood occupied an important position in the English musical world. A prolific composer of operas, he also wrote church music, piano sonatas, and songs. As a young man, Attwood studied in Italy, and also in Vienna, under Mozart, who spoke favorably of his talent in 1785. After returning to England in 1787, he became music tutor to the Duchess of York and the Princess of Wales. In 1813 he was founder of the London Philharmonic Society. When the young Mendelssohn came to London, Attwood befriended him and gave him enthusiastic support.Fine condition.
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