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MENDELSSOHN, Felix (1809-1847). German composer.
Autograph Letter Signed in German ('Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy') to the singer Sophie Schloss, 1 page 8vo with integral blank leaf, Leipzig, 2 November 1846. Asking her to attend a rehearsal of the finale of Weber's Euryanthe at the Gewandhaus the following Wednesday 'so früh als möglich'.

Mendelssohn urges the singer to study her part with great attention 'so as to to be absolutely secure in bar, notes etc. The piece is hard ... if you are absolutely sure in your part, it will go well; otherwise it will be impossible'. He emphasises again the importance of preparation, especially as the Mozart aria is to be held back for another occasion ('Das Stück ist schwer ...: wenn Sie also in Ihrer Partie vollkommen sicher sind, so wird es gut gehen: ohne das aber wäre es unmöglich').

'Mendelssohn first encountered Sophie Schloss in 1836, and she participated in the premieres of many of his compositions (most importantly, the revised version of the Walpurgisnacht)'. [Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy / A Research and Information Guide, by John Michael Cooper and Angela R Mace, second edition, 2010.]

The letter was published for the first time in the appendix to the Erinnerungen an Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, ed. Elise Polko (Leipzig 1868).
In a 4to binding, half-morocco.
[No: 25484]

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