Foch, Dirk. (1886–1973)

Autograph Signature

Autograph signature from the Dutch composer and conductor and protegée of Richard Strauss, who has inscribed (translated from the German) "Bravissimo!! / The most beautiful choir I have ever heard.  Gorgeous! / Dirk Foch / Badgastein 1924" in pencil to an autograph album leaf.  Light toning to lower corners, else in fine condition.  5.25 x 6.25 inches (13.3 x 15.9 cm.).

Mr. Foch studied music and composition in Amsterdam and Germany and began his career in Sweden, conducting the Goteborg Symphony from 1913 through 1915.  He was guest conductor of the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and of the orchestra in The Hague.  His American debut as a conductor of a specially assembled orchestra in Carnegie Hall came on April 12, 1920.  He also conducted orchestral groups in the United States and the Konzertverein in Vienna.  In 1928, Mr. Foch settled in New York.  He retired from the world of music that year, devoting himself to antiquities and religious research, according to his daughter, the actress Nina Foch." (The New York Times)


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