ENGLEBERT HUMPERDINCK (1854-1921) was a famous German
composer, best known for his “Hansel and Gretel” and “Konigskinder” (Royal
Children). He also composed incidental
music for several Shakespearian works as well as orchestra music, choral works
and songs. “Konigskinder” was a fairy tale opera in two acts, first produced at
the Metropolitan Opera in New York City in 1910.
First edition of the score (318 pp), published in Leipzig in 1910. Folio, burgundy binding. In an envelope mounted on the flyleaf facing the title page are an ALS on a postal card, postmarked 9/10/05, addressed to Louis Coe in Berlin. Also a circa 1910 photo postcard of a portrait of Humperdinck.
The letter, in German, is translated, is addressed to a Mr. Coe in Berlin, although the name is difficult to discern. “My wife and I will be very happy to welcome you and your dear wife on Thursday afternoon at 5 PM for Tea at our house; unfortunately, it is not possible any sooner as I am very busy due to the start of the new semester.
“For your move to Bremen you have our very best wishes and may your works find there the success you deserve.
“Very sincere regards
The letter and photograph would frame nicely.
Cloth binding on the score is lightly worn at the top of the spine and back board. Inside pages are lightly and evenly age toned. Postcard photograph has some silvering and scuffing on verso. Letter has two small stains and mounting residue on verso.
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