Bartók, Béla. (1881–1945) [Fachiri, Adila. (1886–1962)]
Happy New Year's Postcard to Adila Fachiri
Signed postcard from the great Hungarian composer who has amusingly signed "B2" and neatly penned "Pozsony, 1902 dec. 31" and "Boldog Új Évet!" ["Happy New Year!"] to recto corners surrounding a raised relief-printed image of a pig in a horseshoe eating a four-leaf clover, meant to evoke luck. Verso addressed in his hand to the great violinist Adila Aranyi [Fachiri]. Fine. 5.5 x 3.5 inches (8.9 x 14 cm.).
Jelly and Adila D'Aranyi were born in Budapest, grand-nieces of the great violinist Joseph Joachim. Both had international careers and settled in London, where Adila married barrister Alexander Fachiri. The sisters premiered Holst's Concerto for Two Violins in April 1930, and individually were the dedicatees of works by composers including Bartok, Ravel, and Vaughan Williams. Both were devotees of spiritualism, and in 1933 were involved in a seance at which the existence of Robert Schumann's Violin Concerto in D minor was supposedly revealed to them through the "voices" of Schumann and Joachim.