Pasdeloup, Jules. (1819–1887)
Autograph Letter Signed arranging travel for Sarasate and Bouhy
ALS by the influential conductor to a M. Calandini, most likely the cellist of the Theatre Italien, regarding a series of errands and tasks to be completed, including arranging travel for several famous performers, including possibly Sarah Bernhardt, the violinist Pablo Sarasate, and Jacques-Joseph-André Boughy, Belgian baritone most famous for being the first to sing the "Toreador Song" in the role of Escamillo in the opera Carmen. Caen, May 25 [no year]; 2 pp. In French, translated in full: "I can't find the Egmont Orchestral score, stop by M. Richault [music publishing house founded in 1805 by Charles Simon Richault (1780-1866)] to look at it if you don't find any at the library. It is a small size. / Madame Sarah [Bernhardt?], Sarasate and Bouhy are going to travel first class, it is likely that Bouhy will not leave in the morning, but you'll check Friday evening about the time of his departure. / You'll find enclosed the 1/2-price ticket. Friday you'll go and ask a thousand francs from M. Charlier to pay the railroad. It's 11f10c second class and 14.75 first class. / You haven't forgotten to stop by M. Gounod [?]. The bass players are M.M. Dereul...they must be brought to M. Dereul, 66 Notre Dame de Nazareth Street, also ask the name of the 1st bass player. / sending my salutations / J. Pasdeloup / You must send me the Egmont score tomorrow, Friday." Wear along folded lines, else in very good condition. 8 x 10.25 inches (26.1 x 20.5 cm.).
In 1852, the French conductor Pasdeloup formed a symphonic society in an effort to promote the work of young composers, and the ensemble premiered several works by composers such as Charles Gounod, Saint-Saëns, Schumann, and Wagner over the course of its nine-year existence. His popular Concerts Pasdeloup at the Cirque d'hiver, Paris, from 1861 till 1884, had also a great effect in promoting French taste in music, introducing works by Wagner and Schumann, as well as reviving public interest in the symphonies of Mozart, Haydn, and Beethoven.