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MOOR, Emánuel (1863-1931). Composer, pianist & inventor of musical instruments.
Small collection of letters to [Theodore Blake] Wirgman (1848-1925, painter and illustrator) and his wife, with additional material. The collection consists of two letters to Wirgman and three to Mrs Wirgman, in all 15 pages 8vo, Lhasa, Camberley, Surrey, Switzerland, and the German Athenaeum in Mortimer Street, only one letter dated, 25 February 1919.
The letters to Wirgman express Moór's desire to draw and paint and discusses this surprising ambition of his. He is effusive in his invitations and wish to see Wirgman's famous painting of Joan of Arc.
'... This war has practically finished my musical carrere [sic] and connections & since 2½ years I took to drawing. Of course as you probably conceived without the help of a master, so you wil, I hope be indulgent to the many shortcomings, which I will try to overcome. There is nature as my master as I saw in Leonardos book his advise to beginners: to go not to a human master, but to the supreme master, nature! ...'
Moór's letters to Mrs Wirgman invite her to attend rehearsals of his symphony and to see him at his little home, and send tickets to his performances.
'... Please tell [Miss Wirgman] that the opera is now practically finished - the orchestration is also partly done, but I have still to work a few weeks longer to complete it. The chief thing is that the music of it is done. ...'
The collection also includes a printed copy of Moór's The Reformation of the Piano, a copy of a newspaper review of his two-manual pianoforte, and a photograph of Moór with two others with the inscription on the reverse indicating that it illustrates the first demonstration of the Duplex Coupler, dated 17 June 1921.
The German Athenaeum from where one of Moór's letters originates, was founded in 1869 by German artists and literary men. Concerts, exhibitions and convivial evenings were frequently held there.
[No: 25024]


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