Mar 22, 2018 - Sale 2470

Sale 2470 - Lot 167

Price Realized: $ 4,500
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 3,000 - $ 4,000
BRAHMS, JOHANNES Autograph Letter Signed, "J Brahms," to Ferdinand Kufferath, in German, declining an invitation to Brussels due to music festival commitments and expressing disappointment that Mrs. Schröder-Hanfstängl is to perform at the concert. 3 pages, 8vo, written on a folded sheet; tiny stitching holes along either side of center vertical fold, day of month written on dateline in ink in unknown hand ("6"), horizontal folds. With the original envelope, addressed in his hand. Bad Ischl, [6] July 1882

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". . . I had already been so very much with you in thought that I felt it as a troubling disappointment, when I recently read that Mrs. Schröder-Hanfstengl would be singing . . . . My ear and eye had already rejoiced over another singer! . . ."
Here, Brahms probably refers to the soprano Antonia Kufferath Speyer (1857-1939), daughter of Ferdinand Kufferath, who was likely expected to perform at the Brussels concert which he is declining to attend.