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STRAVINSKY Igor - Autograph Letter Signed 1956 announcing he will conduct after his illness

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Igor STRAVINSKY (1882-1971)

Autograph Letter Signed (“I Stravinsky”) to Dr. Willy Schuh in Zürich, thanking him for an article on his Canticum, and expressing his intention of being in Rome to conduct it in a month’s time.
1 page small 4to in German, together with the autograph envelope on which Stravinsky has written his name on the back flap, Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten, Munich, 16 October 1956. 
Trans: “Your kind letter and the “Canticum” article pleased me very much. I now feel much better and I hope that in one month I will again conduct my “Canticum” and the Bach Variations in Rome (Rome Philharmonic 29 Nov.)
Stravinsky had suffered a stroke in October while conducting in Berlin. Astonishingly, he flew to Munich that same evening where he was admitted to hospital. Six weeks later, he was conducting again. He appears to have had at least one further major stroke ten years later, but his musical work, whether composing or conducting, continued undiminished.
Stravinsky’s 1955 work, Canticum Sacrum, was an important development in his work which at this time explored serialism.
Dr. Willy Schuh was an eminent musicologist and music critic for the Neue Zurcher Zeitung, and also taught at the Zürich Conservatory.

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