Lot 701: ALS in German, one page, 5.5 x 8.5, January 30, 1882. Letter to the music publisher Novello, Ewer & Co. in London. In full (translated): "Mr. Simrock in Berlin is publishing my work for all countries, please contact this company." A stray ink blot to the upper portion and light toning and soiling, otherwise fine condition. Dvorak was still a relatively unknown composer when publisher Fritz Simrock, upon receiving a recommendation from Brahms, decided to print his work. The first of these, the Moravian Duets in 1878, met immediate success and Simrock commissioned a second piece; this developed into the Slavonic Dances, which established Dvorak's reputation internationally. Although they were friends, Dvorak and Simrock occasionally quarreled—particularly over financial matters—which caused the composer to reach out to other publishers. One major example came eight years after this letter, when Dvorak had Novello published his Symphony No. 8, which is considered one of his major achievements. Other important works published by Novello were The Spectre's Bride, Saint Ludmila, Requiem and Mass in D major. A fantastic letter concerning his work from the early stages of his international acclaim.
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Wednesday, 14th October 2015
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