Lot 191
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Schumann, Robert

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  • Schumann, Robert
  • Autograph letter signed ("R. Schumann"), to Carl Friedrich Rungenhagen of the Berlin Sing-Akademie, about Das Paradies und die Peri
  • paper and ink
informing him of the difficulties he has experienced in rehearsal, acknowledging the efforts made, explaining that every composer owes it to his own work not to allow it to fail, asking whether he might postpone the performance [of Das Paradies und die Peri] until the following Wednesday, observing that Herr Kraus, the choir and orchestra will certainly appreciate this, noting that he will not mention his other way out of the situation

...mein Vorschlag wäre dann, Die Aufführung zu verschieben, vielleicht [erst] Mittwoch über acht Tage...mein anderer Ausweg sag' ich nicht...

3 pages, autograph address panel, no place or date [Berlin, February (?) 1847], a few tiny marks, small seal tear 

Catalogue Note

Schumann's Das Paradies und die Peri was first performed in Leipzig in December 1843. Despite difficulties with performers and with the Sing-Akademie directors, one of whom was Schumann's correspondent here, Carl Friedrich Rungenhagen (1778-1851), the performance in Berlin on 17 February 1847, during the last stage of a four-month tour to Vienna, Brno, Prague and Berlin, was well received.