Damrosch, Walter. (1862–1950)
Typed Letter Signed
Typed letter signed from the important conductor to American composer Theodore Stearns. March 13, 1935; 1 p. "Dear Mr. Stearns: I am delighted to hear of your creative work. I shall of course send your interesting letter to the proper parties at the N.B.C. Whether it will have any results I of course do not know, but I would be very much interested in hearing your Cantata over the radio. With best wishes for a great success on April 17th, Very sincerely yours, Walter Damrosch." Somewhat unevenly trimmed to 7 x 7.5 inches (18 x 18.7 cm), with some toning and folding creases; overall very good.
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."