Brahms, Johannes. (1833-1897) [Mandyczewski, Eusebius. (1857–1929)]
Autograph letter on a postcard from the great composer to musicologist and editor Eusebius Mandyczewski. Vienna, [December 15, 1883.] Addressed in Brahms' hand and postmarked on the verso. Translated from the German, in part: "Dear Herr M., Would you kindly tell me what kind of 'Symphonic Material' Härtels has sent you? I can't figure it out from the relevant letter..." He continues to send best wishes to two other people and signs, "J. Brahms." Toning; light glue remnants to the verso; overall fine. 5.5 x 3.25 inches (14.1 x 8.5 cm.)
Brahms became close friends with Mandyczewski beginning in about 1879, when the younger composer became librarian of the Museum of the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde (of which Brahms served as the president.) "The master had a great esteem for Mandyczweski as an artist of versatile culture, both musical and literary. It pleased him, too, that the young librarian raised no objection to performing insignificant services for him [...] yet did not hesitate, when needful, to criticize the revered master's compositions. [...] Lastly, 'Mandy' won Brahms's heart by sharing his peculiar sense of humor. The master, for instance, delighted in rallying the young man on his conquests in the excellent women's choir which he conducted...." (Karl Geiringer: Brahms: His Life and Work, p. 169).