Kraus, Lili. (1903–1986) [Monteux, Pierre. (1875–1964)]
"Chummy's being among us humans had all of that light, stability, heavenly beauty of the stars & the sun." - Autograph Letter Signed
ALS from the Hungarian pianist to Doris Monteux, widow of conductor Pierre Monteux, written shortly after his passing. 12th July, 1964; 3 p. on A4 paper, in part: "My beloved Doris, / Since humanity's memory the Sun, the stars, the sky were always there - life is inconceivable without their radiance, their guidance, their ineffable beauty & glory. / Chummy's being among us humans had all of that light, stability, heavenly purity of the stars & the sun. His sun can not, will not ever disappear...I, who was granted the privilege of knowing you, both as friends & divine Pierre as a fellow musician, am with you in love & prayer, as ever, / Lili." Light mailing folds, else fine.
The great conductor Pierre Monteux was known for conducting the premiere of the Rite of Spring and for his tenures with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Orchestre Symphonique de Paris, and the San Francisco Symphony. Pierre and Doris Monteux met in 1922, during Monteux's time with the BSO. Though he was married (to his second wife, Germaine) and she had two children from a previous marriage, their attraction was immediate. They became a couple, although they could not marry until Germaine granted Monteux a divorce, and Monteux legally adopted Doris' children. They remained devoted to each other for the rest of their lives, frequently traveling together and together founding the Pierre Monteux School for conductors in Doris' native Maine.