[Beethoven, Ludwig van. (1770–1827)] Joachim, Joseph. (1831–1907)

Autograph Letter including a Musical Quotation

An interesting autograph letter written in the third person, from the great Hungarian violinist, dedicatee of the Brahms Concerto and many other works. 1 page, in English, undated [ca. 1864-5]. Addressed to Miss Clinton. In full: "Mr. Joachim presents his compliments to Miss Clinton and begs to say that it is a great pleasure for him to be of any use to the daughter of the accomplished musician the late lamented Mr. Clinton. The Sonata he proposed is the one in D: ded: to Salieri / [AMQS of the opening three measures of the Beethoven Sonata for Violin and Piano Op. 12, No. 1] / 33 Lemster Square / Bayswater." Mounting remnants to verso of attached blank second page, otherwise in fine condition.

The deceased Clinton is almost certainly John Clinton (1809-1864), flutemaker and professor of flute at the Royal Academy of Music; and the Miss Clinton, his daughter the pianist Alice Fanny Clinton (1852-1933).  The Musical Times, Vol. 12, June 1, 1865 documents her Hanover Square debut, playing the first Beethoven sonata as recommended in the letter(!) with Herr Joachim on violin(!!!).  This would essentially date the letter to 1864-65 (between her father’s death and the time of the recital).



Autograph Letter
Classical Music