Mar 21, 2019 - Sale 2502

Sale 2502 - Lot 183

Price Realized: $ 3,250
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 2,000 - $ 4,000
HONORED BY COMPARISON TO FERRUCCIO BUSONI GOULD, GLENN. Autograph Letter Signed, to the son of composer Ferruccio Busoni, Rafaello, expressing satisfaction at Rafaello's comparison of Gould's style to that of Ferruccio Busoni, and hoping to meet in New York. 1 1/2 pages, 4to, personal stationery; minor smudging to few words of text, horizontal folds. With the original envelope. Toronto, 27 May 1958

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"I wish to thank you most sincerely for your wonderful letter. I can assure you that I have never before been so honored and delighted by kind words about my work. It is of the greatest satisfaction that this complement should take the form of a comparison to the vast artistry and accomplishment of your father. . . .
". . . I thank you for your letter which will remain a treasured possession for the rest of my life."
In his undated letter to Gould, to which the present letter is the reply, Busoni wrote, "[A]lthough your style differs, it is closest to the one of my father . . . [in] its mental or spiritual approach" (Glenn Gould Archives, Library and Archives Canada).
Provenance: Rafaello Busoni; thence by descent to the current owner.