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Bruch, Max
AUTOGRAPH MUSICAL QUOTATION FROM THE VIOLIN CONCERTO NO.1 OP.26, AND AN AUTOGRAPH LETTER ABOUT RICHARD STRAUSS, BOTH SIGNED
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AUTOGRAPH MUSICAL QUOTATION FROM THE VIOLIN CONCERTO NO.1 OP.26, AND AN AUTOGRAPH LETTER ABOUT RICHARD STRAUSS, BOTH SIGNED
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Bruch, Max
AUTOGRAPH MUSICAL QUOTATION FROM THE VIOLIN CONCERTO NO.1 OP.26, AND AN AUTOGRAPH LETTER ABOUT RICHARD STRAUSS, BOTH SIGNED
1) Autograph musical quotation from the second movement of the First Violin Concerto op.26, notated on two hand-drawn staves, signed and inscribed ("Adagio...A Mlle Isab. Corto, Max Bruch/ Berlin 30/7 1913, 1 page, 8.7 x 11.3cm--2) Remarkable autograph letter signed ("Dr M. Bruch"), about Richard Strauss, describing him as the greatest corrupter of art of all time (...Es kann nicht meine Absicht sein mir die Stille meines schöne ländlichen Aufenthalts durch discussionen über den größten Kunstverderber unserer Zeit und aller Zeiten Herrn Richard Strauss zu trüben..."), averring that "Man cannot serve God and the Devil at the same time", pointing out that Music and Anti-Music are two irreconcilable things, and criticizing his correspondent and Dr. Leopold Schmidt for having anything to do with such Musical Anarchy ("...deren Hauptvertreter Herr R. Str. ist..."), 3 pages, small 4to (c.17.5 15cm), Iglar Hof bei Berg-Gladbach (Rhine), 30 June 1909, light browning to first page
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The work that prompted Bruch's derision may well have been Strauss's Elektra, whose premiere in Dresden on 25 January 1909 provoked critical outrage at Strauss's distortion or corruption of Sophocles's play.  Schmidt's book, Aus dem Musikleben der Gegenwart. Beiträge zur zeitgenössischen Kunstkritik (with an introduction by Strauss) was published by Hofmann of Berlin in 1909.  this letter is possibly addressed to the publisher of the book. 

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