Lot 216
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Weill, Kurt

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  • Weill, Kurt
  • Good autograph letter signed ("Kurt Weill"), to the music critic Rudolf Kastner, discussing several works, including the Cantata Op. 16
  • Ink on paper
requesting that he send him the score of the Violin Concerto, which Jarnach has forgotten to bring him from Donaueschingen, asking whether Koussevitzky has spoken about this, telling him that he is able to work very well in Berlin in the summer, informing him that he has written a concertino for soprano, violin and orchestra [the Cantata Op. 16] for Lotte Leonard, and is starting on a quartet, commenting also on the current conditions in Berlin, observing that the city has become a den of thieves again, where fathers must fear whether they will return home safely to their families or not, and discussing other matters

...Hier ist alles beim besten. Mann kann in Berlin im Sommer sehr schön arbeiten. Ich habe für Lotte Leonard ein Concertino für Soprano, Violine u. Orchester geschrieben u. werde jetzt an ein Streichquartett gehen. Im übrigen ist Berlin wieder ein vollendetes Räubernest, u. Familienväter müssen vor jedem Ausgang tränenreichen Abschied nehmen, weil sie nicht wissen, ob sie wiederkommen...

2 pages, Luisenplatz 3 b[ei] Hassfort, Berlin-Charlottenburg, 14 August 1925


R. Belicha, Kurt Weill et La France (1996), pp.28-29.

Catalogue Note

Weill's correspondent Rudolf Kastner was the music critic of the Berliner Morgenpost. Two months after the present letter Kastner published one of the first biographical sketches of the composer ('Kurt Weill: Eine Skizze', Anbruch, vii, October 1925, pp. 453-456). The German première of Weill's Concerto for Violin and Winds, Op. 12, took place in Dessau, the composer's home town, on 29 October 1925, with Stefan Frenkel as soloist.