MENDELSSOHN BARTHOLDY, Felix [1809-1847]: Autograph letter with place, date and signature. Leipzig, 18. März 47.. Quarto 27 x 21 cm. 1 page. Small marginal tear, due to broken seal. Some brown spotting. Small marginal tears. With handwritten note of receipt from the publisher.
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Concerning the printing of his Oratorio "Elijah" Unprinted, beautiful detailed letter in german to his publisher Simrock, regarding corrections to the parts of his oratorio Elijah Op. 70 [MWV A 25]: "Highly honored Sir, Enclosed are the corrected 1st and 2nd violins of the 2nd, 1st and 2nd parts of the first part. The parts of the first part which I received from you on Monday. I ask you to send the 2 parts of the organ immediately to Ewer & Co. in London with the enclosed letter, since they are eagerly awaited there and you did not send these corrections to me in a crossed envelope, so I will send them back to you by surface mail all the more, since I do not have the viola and bass of the 2nd part in my hands today and you will probably not send the 4 parts individually to England, but only when everything is together. I would like to ask you to have the errors that have been noted, namely the sometimes insufficient [notes inserted here] corrected quite precisely ... I am convinced that most of the errors I have discovered will be a burden to the local spirits. The wind instruments of the 2t. The wind instruments of the 2nd part will certainly be in your hands by the time I write this." Furthermore, Mendelssohn Bartholdy thanks Simrock for his invitation to Bonn and reports on his upcoming travel plans to London. In a P.S., he again addresses the corrections of the parts. - Mendelssohn conducts the last of the "Historical Concerts" on March 18, 1847; at the same time, it is also his last appearance as conductor at the Gewandhaus. At the beginning of April, he embarks on his last trip to England. On April 16, the revised version of "Elijah" is premiered in London under Mendelssohn's direction. The composer did not live to see a performance in German. - In FMB Sämtliche Briefe, vol. 12, no. 5689 only mentioned, not printed.