Autograf: Universitätsbibliothek Kassel - Landesbibliothek und Murhardsche Bibliothek der Stadt Kassel (D-Kl), Sign. 4° Ms. Hass. 287

London. December 25. 1843
42 Upper Charlotte St
Fitzroy Square

Respected Sir and Friend

I have become a Candidate for the vacant Situation of Professor of Music in the University of Edinburgh1, and am extremely anxious to collect the opinions of Musical Authorities as to my fitness for the Office, I have always met with so much kindness from my Musical brethren in Germany that I am induced to request from you a testimonial as to2 any merits I may possess. My kind friend Mendelssohn has sent me his good wishes3 for my success, and with your help I think I may attain the position I look for.
I shall feel much flattered by a few lines, which I might transmit to the University stating your feelings as to my zeal for our Art, and that you consider I am worthy of being a Candidate for the Office.
With the sincerest respect and friendship

I remain – Dear Sir
Yours very faithfully
William Sterndale Bennett

Dr. Louis Spohr
N.B. The principal points on which the University defend are, whether the Candidate knows music theoreticaly, and whether he is acquainted with the Ancient and Modern Schools of Composition.

Autor(en): Bennett, William Sterndale
Adressat(en): Spohr, Louis
Erwähnte Personen: Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Felix
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Erwähnte Institutionen: Universität <Edinburgh>


Der letzte erhaltene Brief dieser Korrespondenz ist Spohr an Bennett, 10.07.1843 (mittags). Spohr beantwortete diesen Brief am 03.01.1844.

[1] Zu dieser Bewerbung vgl. James Robert Sterndale Bennett, The life of William Sterndale Bennett, Cambridge 1907, S. 152-155 und 161.

[2] „to“ über der Zeile eingefügt.

[3] Vgl. Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy an Bennett, 17.12.1843 (in: Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Sämtliche Briefe, Bd. 9, Kassel 2015, S. 541; J.R.S. Bennett, William Sterndale Bennett, S. 153f.).

Kommentar und Verschlagwortung, soweit in den Anmerkungen nicht anders angegeben: Karl Traugott Goldbach (26.04.2018).