MENDELSSOHN-BARTHOLDY, FELIX. (1809-1847). German composer and one of the most gifted musicians of the 19th century. ALS. (“Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy”). 2/3p. 8vo. Leipzig, November 1, 1840. To German soprano ELISE LIST (later VON PACHER, 1822-1893), a close friend of Clara Schumann. In German with translation.
“The finale by Beethoven will not be performed in the next concert. On the other hand, I want the duet from Semiramis to form the conclusion of the whole program. So, I ask you to inform me, if possible, through this messenger, about the aria you want to sing in the first part. When I ask you to send me the piano excerpt from the latter within an hour for the sake of the text, I am with the utmost respect yours devotedly…”