Lot 285BRAHMS, JOHANNES
Autograph letter in German boldly signed "Joh. Brahms." Four pages in black ink on a folded sheet of Brahms's monogrammed notepaper (monogram on page one), undated [but on historical evidence late February-20th March 1871, the date that Brahms left Vienna] addressed to "Lieber Freund," [the conductor and composer Julius Otto Grimm]. The bifolium measures 6 1/8 x 7 7/8 inches (15 x 20 cm); the body of the text is 54 lines, plus greeting and felicitations. Usual folds, some nominal toning, overall a fine example in a double-sided frame, matted with portrait.
An interesting letter, addressed to a fellow composer (and one of Brahms's best friends; they first met in 1853), in which Brahms thanks Grimm for the dedication to him in Grimm's Zweite Suite in Canonform für Orchester opus 16, and discusses at length matters pertaining to the music world, including the fact that a work of his was not played because of a recent plethora of new productions. He goes on to discuss in fine detail Grimm's work, dissecting the excellence of its musical qualities. Finally, he mentions that he is leaving for Bremen on Good Friday, and ends the letter with greetings to the recipient's wife (Philippine Grimm), their children, and his Concertmaster (Richard Barth, the violinist). An interesting and affectionate letter; a rough translation is available upon request. Published in Johannes Brahms im Briefwechsel mit J. O. Grimm, edited by Richard Barth, Berlin 1912, No. LXXVII , pp. 122-123.
C The Jessye Norman 'White Gates' Collection
Sold for $4,063
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