Damrosch, Walter. (1862–1950)
Typed Letter Signed
Typed letter signed from the important conductor to Theodore Stearns, thanking him for the dedication of a book about composers. May 26, 1931; 1 p. Damrosch writes: "Dear Mr. Stearns: Thank you so much for the book with its kind dedication. Your stories of the great composers are told in words so simple and yet interesting, that they should appeal to the children of our country, and give them some idea of the development of our beloved art of music. Very cordially yours, Walter Damrosch." Toning and folding creases; very good. 8.5 x 11 inches (21.5 x 28 cm).
One of the most important figures in the history of American music performance, Walter Damrosch was conductor for many years of the NY Symphony Society and Oratorio Society, and it was apparently he who persuaded Andrew Carnegie to build Carnegie Hall as a home for the two societies. He was also instrumental in the establishment of German opera at the Metropolitan Opera. Damrosch presented the American premieres of many important works by Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Mahler, Wagner, Elgar, commissioned Gershwin's piano and conducted the premiere of his "An American in Paris."