`I can take no interest in my old pen and it rusts..´ (1921)

ELGAR, Edward

Autograph signed letter.

Date: 1921

Autograph signed letter; one page, 4to, Brinkwells, Fittleworth, Sussex, 26th July 1921, to Walter Damrosch. Elgar responds to his correspondent’s request and states in part `Your very kind letter has reached me at last in the wilds..´ further saying `I am so sorry that I cannot undertake to write the children’s things you so kindly ask for..’ and before concluding refers to his feeling and state of mind stating `I can take no interest in my old pen and it rusts..´ Elgar’s wife, Alice, had died in 1920 and he was devastated by the loss. With no public demand for new works, and deprived of Alice's constant support and inspiration, he allowed himself to be deflected from composition. His daughter later wrote that Elgar inherited from his father a reluctance to "settle down to work on hand but could cheerfully spend hours over some perfectly unnecessary and entirely unremunerative undertaking", a trait that became stronger after Alice's death. Walter Damrosch (1862-1950) German-born American conductor, composer and friend of Elgar. He was conductor of the New York Symphony Orchestra and gave the first American performances of Elgar’s 1st Symphony and The Apostles and was influential in establishing Elgar’s reputation in the States. In 1928 he went onto to conduct the premier of Gershwin´s An American in Paris. In fine condition folded for posting.

£1500

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