MAETERLINCK Maurice - Autograph Card Signed 1902 after a favourable review
Maurice MAETERLINCK (1862-1949)Autograph Card Signed (“M. Maeterlinck”) to André Fontaines, thanking him for a favourable review.
2 pages 16mo in French together with autograph envelope, Ghent, 21 May n.y. [envelope postmarked 1902].
Trans: “A thousand thanks from the bottom of my heart for the lovely and fraternal article which you were good enough to write about Monna Vanna. Your exposition and your commentary, so vibrant, so alive, which come from a poet and a friend are, because of that, more precious to me than all others and I keep them as a cherished memory and testimony of a friendship which has endured and is already long-established. Thank you again . . .”
Maeterlinck’s play, Monna Vanna, set in Renaissance Italy, had its premiere in Paris on 17 May. Rachmaninoff later wished to use the play as the basis for an opera, but, having completed the first act, it transpired that another composer, Henry Février, had acquired the rights, and the project was abandoned.
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