Autograf: Universitätsbibliothek Kassel - Landesbibliothek und Murhardsche Bibliothek der Stadt Kassel (D-Kl), Sign. 4° Ms. Hass. 287[Taylor, E.:49

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Dr. Louis Spohr
Hesse Cassel

Gresham College
April 15. 1847

My dear & honoured Friend

I have been a few days absent from Town, and therefore a reply to your letter has been so long delayed. I regret this because I would willingly have instantly1 removed from your mind any uncertainty as to your visit to London.
I have seen – this morning – some of the manager of the Exeter Hall Society2, and they have not the remotest ieda of postponing the performance of your Oratorios ever should Parliament be prorogued & the Elections take place. In the first place it is quite uncertain whether this event3 will4 happen this Summer, but our Elections are now over in a day, & even if the London & Westminster Elections were to happen during the time of your stay, it would be easy to avoid the precise day on which they take place.5
In the present state of political parties, the Elections will occasion very little excitement of any kind, happen when they may.
The termination of the Season (ever should it terminate prematurely) would any little affect the audiences at Exeter Hall; which consist not of the Nobility & the fashionable community of London, but of the permanent & constant residents there of the middle classes.
There is one event which will render it nessessary that the performances should take place after the 8th July, so in the first week of July the Installation of Prince Albert will take place at Cambridge6, when most of our principal Singers & Instrumental performers will be assisting at the ceremonial. This will make no difference in the arrangements at Exeter Hall except the possible change of the first day‘s performances for a date a little later: which I trust will be equally convenient to you. It will not affect the preparatory vocal Rehearsals there at all.
The Committee are very anxious to see the Score of your Milton‘s Psalm7, & I should, therefore, be much obliged if you will forward it directly, addressed to me at No 2. Duke Street – Adelphi – London.
It gives me great pleasure to hear that Margaret has not lost her German, but indeed I do not think it likely that any thing connected with her visit to Cassel will be effaced from her memory.
She is now in London, & has had the welcome employment of translating your Letter for me.
I beg my best regards to Madame Spohr and am

My dear & valued Friend
Yours most faithfully
Edw. Taylor

Autor(en): Taylor, Edward
Adressat(en): Spohr, Louis
Erwähnte Personen: Albert Großbritannien, Prinzgemahl
Erwähnte Kompositionen: Spohr, Louis : Der Fall Babylons
Spohr, Louis : Die letzten Dinge
Spohr, Louis : Psalm 84, WoO 72
Erwähnte Orte: London
Erwähnte Institutionen: Sacred Harmonic Society <London>


Dieser Brief ist die Antwort auf Spohr an Taylor, 07.04.1847. Spohr beantwortete diesen Brief am 26.04.1847.

[1] Hier gestrichen: „have“.

[2] = Sacred Music Society.

[3] „event“ über der Zeile eingefügt.

[4] Hier gestrichen: „take“.

[5] Das Parlament wurde am 23.07.1847 geschlossen (vgl. The Queen‘s Speeches in Parliament. From Her Accession to the Present Time. A Compendium of the History of Her Majesty‘s Reign told from the Throne, hrsg. v. F. Sidney Ensor, London 1882, S. 64).

[6] Eine gedruckte Ode datiert die Einführung Prinz Alberts als Kanzler der Universität Cambridge auf den 06.07.1847 (vgl. Ode performed in the Senate-House, Cambridge, on the sixth of july, M.DCCC.XLVII. at the firt commencement afte the installation of His Royal Highness the Prince Albert, Chancellor of the University, Cambrdige 1847).

[7] WoO 72.

Kommentar und Verschlagwortung, soweit in den Anmerkungen nicht anders angegeben: Karl Traugott Goldbach (30.11.2019).