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Berlioz, Hector
UNPUBLISHED LETTER, COMPLETED AND SIGNED (“HECTOR BERLIOZ”), ABOUT HIS CONCERTS FOR THE UNIVERSAL EXHIBITION OF 1855, [24 OCTOBER 1855]
in which he asks for the best sight-readers for his orchestra and chorus, adding in his hand the request for musicians from the Lyons Opera (“[...d]e l’orchestre et du choeur du grand théâtre de Lyon…”), if any wish to participate in the concert scheduled for 19 [sic] November, giving the proportions of the strings and chorus required, and details of where they should report for the dress rehearsal at 8am on the 14 November

1 page, folio (c.26.5 x 21cm), integral blank, printed stationery (“Commission Impériale de L’Exposition Universelle, Commissariat Général, Palais de l’Industrie”), Paris, [c.24 October] 1855, some spotting, slight splitting and creasing at central fold


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Berlioz conducted five mammoth concerts in November 1855 at the Palais d'Industrie, closing the Paris Universal Exhibition, having been involved with judging the musical instruments. The concerts included the first performances of his cantata L’Impériale op.26, for two choruses and orchestra, dedicated to Napoléon III.  This letter to the theatre at Lyons is unpublished, but on 24 October Berlioz sent one very similar to another orchestral director: see Correspondance générale, volume 8 (Supplément), no.2036bis.

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