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Brahms, Johannes
ENGRAVED VISITING CARD INSCRIBED BY BRAHMS WITH AN AUTOGRAPH NOTE ABOUT CARL GOLDMARK, [1890-1891]
to an unidentified lady ("Verehrteste"), referring to Goldmark only as "G", and giving her his address at Alserstrasse no.8, even though he is not absolutely certain that it is still valid ("...Hoffentlich wohnt G. auch diesmal wieder Alserstrasse 8.  Leider ist dessen nicht ganz sicher. Ihr allerergebenster ./.")

5.5 x 8.7cm, written on the reverse of the card, with Brahms's name and address engraved on the recto ("Johannes Brahms IV. Karlsgasse 4."), Vienna, no date [1890-1891], horizontal crease, a few small stains


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Literature

C. Goldmark, Erinnerungen aus meinem Leben entstanden ab 1910, (1922), p.45, and ibid, edited by K.M. Guth (2015), p.31; cf Wien-Geschichte-Wiki (online resource), entry on Goldmark.

Catalogue Note

The Hungarian composer Carl Goldmark (1830-1915) was one of Brahms's leading contemporaries in Vienna, through his opera Die Königin von Saba (1875) and his First Violin Concerto (1877).  There is some poignancy in Brahms's remarks: the two composers were close friends in the 1860s and 1870s (Goldmark was still "a most delightful person" in 1877), but they gradually became somewhat distant, as this note betrays.  Here Brahms is no longer certain that Goldmark is still living at Alserstrasse no.8 (in the ninth Bezirk), his address when Sibelius came to study with him in 1890-1891.  The unidentified recipient is possibly Elisabeth von Herzogenberg.

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