Lot 774: Friedrich von Flotow

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2015-10-29 11:34:57

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Lot 774: German composer (1812-1883) chiefly remembered for his opera Martha, which was popular in the 19th century. ALS in German, signed "Fr. Flotow," one page both sides, 5.25 x 8.5, October 28, 1859. In full (translated): "I am very sorry not to be able to grant the request contained in your letter of the 27th Oct. as in the first place, I dare not pay for a piece before it is performed, unless it be specially ordered, for in Germany the acceptance or even distribution of the parts does not confer a right to demand payment. Besides, if the piece had been performed, only after I or Steiner had seen a written guarantee of the renunciation of Pohl could I pay you his share; however I doubt not but that you are in possession of such a document." Flotow adds a postscript at the conclusion, "The libretto of the 'Daughter of the Waves' is at your disposal, perhaps you will wait for it until your removal here." In very good condition, with intersecting folds and scattered creasing and soiling. RR Auction's Fine Autographs & Artifacts Friday, 23rd October 2015 Estimate: $400-600
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