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JOACHIM Joseph - Autograph Letter Signed 1899 thanking the Beckenham School of Music

  • £225.00

Joseph JOACHIM (1831-1907)

Autograph Letter Signed (“Joseph Joachim”) to “My dear Mr. O’Leary” thanking him for the “good wishes from the Committee of the Beckenham School of Music”.
2 pages 8vo with integral blank leaf, Berlin, 16 October 1899.        
Pardon me if my personal thanks for your most kind attention comes later than it ought to come. I was very much touched and pleased by the expression of the good wishes from the Committee of the Beckenham School of Music. My thanks were printed in some of the Newspapers, for it was difficult to write to all my kind friends and colleagues. May the school flourish and prosper! . . .”
Joseph Joachim, friend of Brahms and one of the foremost violinists of his day, was a regular visitor to London from his mid-thirties onwards. He performed regularly in Britain, and his concerts did much to introduce modern continental composers to audiences here.
In 1899, he accepted the position of President of the newly-formed Oxford and Cambridge Musical Club, dedicated in large part to chamber music. It is likely that the Beckenham School of Music would have sent Joachim their congratulations on this appointment, resulting in his thanks.
The letter is slightly dusty, and has a small tear at the central fold, but is otherwise in very good, legible condition.


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