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MESSIAEN Olivier - Autograph Letter Signed an invitation to hear Yvonne Loriod play his Preludes

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Olivier MESSIAEN (1908-1992)

Autograph Letter Signed (“Olivier Messiaen”) to a lady, inviting her to a reception and a private performance of his Preludes for Piano.
1 page 8vo in French, n.p. [Paris], 6 July n.y. [1941]. 
Trans: “A thousand apologies for not replying to your kind invitation to dinner. But I was terribly busy all this week: apart from which, I do not have a telephone at my current address and, at this time of culinary difficulties, I feared to trouble you.
If you are free, would you like to come on Tuesday, 8 July (that is to say today when you will receive this letter) to Madame Sivade 53 Rue Blanche – Paris – (9e)? As well as some refreshments, you will hear a performance of my complete “Preludes” for piano, played deliciously by Mlle. Yvonne Loriod, who won second prize in my harmony class at the Conservatoire. It is at 8pm, a small reception for 8 or 10 people, absolutely free, of course. . .”
Messiaen first met Yvonne Loriod, a brilliant pianist and champion of modern music, in 1941 at the Conservatoire where she attended his class. Messiaen served in the medical corps at the start of the Second World War, was captured and held in a POW camp in Germany until May 1941, when he was released and returned to his teaching post.
The letter can be dated to 1941 as that was the only year when 8 July fell on a Tuesday during the time Loriod studied at the Conservatoire, so she and Messiaen would only have been acquainted for about two months at the time. Loriot’s previous teacher was her godmother, Madame Sivade, who hosted the musical evening in question.
Loriod became Messiaen’s foremost interpreter and inspiration and, in 1961, his second wife.
There is a very small tape repair to the verso of the central fold, but the letter is otherwise in very good condition.


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