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Eugen d'Albert letters

Identifier: GTM-140722.3

Scope and Contents Note

The Eugen d'Albert letters consist of 87 letters, almost all of which were written from German composer and pianist Eugen d'Albert to Austrian composer and pianist Pauline Erdmannsdorfer. The letters date from 1892-1894, 1896-1897, 1899-1903, 1905-1906, and 1908-1913. In the letters, d'Albert discusses his musical creations with Pauline. He asks her to promote his compositions. The letters document d'Albert's musical evolution. D'Albert writes about rehearsals, critics, theater negotiations, professional demands, and other German and Austrian musicians. Some attention is given to d'Albert's wives; he was married six times. Taken together, these letters provide primary source materials relating to two prominent musicians. A lengthy dealers' catalog from J & J Lubrano Music Antiquarians providing detailed descriptions of these letters is contained in Folder 1.


  • 1892-1919

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Biographical Notes

Eugen d'Albert (1864-1932) was a noted German composer and pianist. Born in Scotland, he studied music in London, where he earned a reputation as an accomplished pianist. Subsequently, he moved to Vienna, Austria and became a student of Franz Liszt. D'Albert enjoyed the music of Germany, and, in time, he became a naturalized German citizen. He toured extensively performing his works.

D'Albert produced 21 operas, 2 piano concerti, chamber music, lieder, and orchestral works. His most successful creation was his opera "Tiefland" (1903). He also won wide acclaim for his performance of Johann Sebastian Bach's music.

[Source: "Encyclopedia Britannica Online."]

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Pauline Erdmannsdorfer (1847-1916) (nee von Oprawill, adopted Fichtner) was an Austrian composer and pianist. She was born in Vienna and studied under Franz Liszt. In 1874, she married composer Max Erdmannsdorfer (1848-1905). The couple lived successively in Moscow, Bremen, and Munich. Pauline was noted for her compositions and her piano instruction.

[Source: Musopen Online.]


0.20 Linear Feet (1 Hollinger Slim Document Case)

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