Lot 741: Camille Saint-Saens

RR Auction

2015-11-30 14:52:27

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Lot 741: Prolific and prodigiously talented French Romantic composer (1835–1921) of such timeless works as the 'Organ' Symphony,' the opera 'Samson et Dalila,' and the perennial concert favorite 'Carnival of the Animals.' ALS in French, signed "C. Saint-Saens," three pages on two adjoining sheets, 5.25 x 7, December 18, 1904. Letter to Pauline Viardot-Garcia. In full (translated): "I've given Madame Bressler-Gianoli a letter of recommendation for you. She just sang two pieces of mine at the Chevillard Concert. She's just a little slip of a woman who doesn't have a very large voice but she possesses a talent of the 1st order and a musical intelligence rarely found, accompanied by an even more extraordinary modesty. Her dream is to obtain some words of advice from you. Listen to her. I am sure that she will interest you." In fine condition, with hinge passing through a single letter of signature, and a bit of scattered light soiling to first page. RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 466 Wednesday, 9th December 2015 Estimate: $200-400
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