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BRIDGE, Sir John Frederick (1844-1924). Organist & composer.
Six Autograph Letters Signed to [Dr John E.] Borland, his assistant at Westminster Abbey, 24 pages 8vo, ca 1906. Together with two autograph testimonials (1898 and 1908) for Borland and a formal acceptance of an invitation to his wedding.
Letters written in the immediate aftermath the death of his second wife, Helen Mary Flora, née Amphlett, asking Borland to take over his lectures, and arranging many musical matters, as well as speaking poignantly of his grief.
'My darling has left me. Alas! I am indeed bereft. I cannot do the Greshams [Bridge was professor of music at Gresham College]. Will you be my substitute ... I feel it is impossible for me to get up on to a platform & lecture. ...'
'... Alas! it is a terrible loss to me - & I miss her face & voice & smile every hour. The whole thing seems changed & I do not know how I am going to get over it. However, I do my best. ...'
'... The Lantern wd be a novelty for the music - I shd think the Transposing instruments wd be the best. They wd be interested in seeing the
mechanism. ... Tartini is good. I did one a long time ago, it does not matter. ...'

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