Abt, Franz. (1819-1885)

Autograph Letter and Photograph

Autograph letter from the German composer and influential conductor in the circle of Lortzing, Mendelssohn and Schumann. 1 page, June 2, 1861. Regarding his songs, Op. 212. Tears to two corner and margin, not affecting signature or body of letter. Together with a vintage postcard photograph.

Celebrated especially as a choral conductor, he composed more than 3000 works. "Vocal music was his main interest, especially male choral music, whose impoverished repertory he strove to enrich. His style is popular, his melodies simple and fresh, with a pleasing and varied accompaniment, so that some – like Wenn die Schwalben heimwärts ziehn and Die stille Wasserrose – are easily mistaken for genuine folksong." (Edward Kravitt, Grove Online) (2309)

Autograph Letter
Classical Music