BULOW, Hans Guido von (1830-1894). German pianist, conductor and composer.
Autograph Letter Signed in German to [Mary Carmichael], 2 pages 8vo (slight splitting in the folds professionally repaired), London, 11 November 1873. Praising the two piano pieces she has sent him and suggesting that her obvious talent does not need flattery, so he will proceed to make some suggestions, which he illustrates in 5 bars of music.
'... If these observations, which while not galant are nevertheless not unflattering in that I have made the exception of taking the material you sent me seriously, should have the misfortune to displease you, then I ask you most humbly to consider them unmade ... .'Hans von Bülow was a pupil of Liszt, who's daughter Cosima became his wife. After their divorce Cosima was to marry Richard Wagner.
Mary Carmichael was a prolific composer of art songs as well as an accompanist.
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