Klemperer, Otto. (1885–1973) [Mihalovici, Marcel. (1898–1985) & Haas, Monique. (1909–1987)]

Typed Letter Signed

ALS from the German-born conductor and composer to the French composer Marcel Mihalovici.  January 25, 1964 / Dufourstrasse 104 / Zuerich 8, Schweiz; 1 p.  In full, translated from the German, "My Dear Friend Mihailovici! / Only today am I getting around to answering your letter from November 20th.  You won't believe how happy it made me. / How nice it would be if we could see each other again in the near future.  At the moment, I have no reason to come to Paris, but I will be in London in the early part of the year.  Perhaps your path will lead you there one day. / Again, a thousand thanks and all the best to you and Monique. / I remain yours, / [Signature]."  In fine condition.  5.75 x 8.25 inches (14.6 x 21 cm.).  Together with original transmissal envelope.

"Klemperer studied in Frankfurt and Berlin and on the recommendation of Gustav Mahler was made conductor of the German National Theatre at Prague in 1907...In 1927 he became director of the Kroll Opera in Berlin, where he expanded the repertory to include works by Paul Hindemith, Ernst Krenek, and Igor Stravinsky.  He was conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra (1933–39) and of the Budapest Opera (1947–50).  In his later years he was especially known for his interpretations of the symphonies of Ludwig van Beethoven, Anton Bruckner, and Mahler, as well as for his updated versions of core repertory, such as Beethoven’s opera Fidelio." (Britannica)

"The French composer Marcel Mihalovici was born in Romania, in Bucharest, and in 1919 moved to Paris on the advice of his compatriot George Enescu. His teachers at the Schola Cantorum included Vincent d’Indy and in 1921 he won the Enescu Prix National for his Sonata for Violin and Piano. He joined Beck, Martinů and Tcherepnin in the Ecole de Paris group of foreign composers and later collaborated with Milhaud, Honegger and Ibert in a chamber music society. He married the renowned concert pianist Monique Haas, who spurred his compositional style and musical imagination. As a proponent of neoclassicism, he also applied rhythmic innovation to his compositions, offering additional difficulty for the performer. His stage works included collaboration with Samuel Beckett con Krapp’s Last Tape." (Naxos) (20024)

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