Autograf: Universitätsbibliothek Kassel - Landesbibliothek und Murhardsche Bibliothek der Stadt Kassel (D-Kl), Sign. 4° Ms. Hass. 287[Taylor, E.:63

6 Queens Place
Upper Thames S.1
July 19 1852

My dear & honoured Friend

I enjoyed the very great pleasure on Saturday night of having Faust for the first time, although its many & great beauties have long been familiar to me. You had a fine orchestra under your command – not only able but anxious to do their duty.
I was in a Box near the orchestra, & many of the performers came to me to express their gratification at having to play your music, instead of the trumpery, noisy French Operas which are so frequently brought out.
I trust that this is but the commencement of an introduction of your Operas into this country, for I cannot consider the libretto of Faust as well adapted to the English taste. We are not so fond of demons & devils as, perhaps, your countryman are. But this circumstance increases your triumph. My own opinion is that Jessonda & Azor & Zemira would be more successful than Faust, abundant as it is in glorious music.
You had two other obstacles to contend with at the present time. The great heat of the weather, which has emptied every Theatre, and the excitement consequent upon the Elections, which has dispersed our Aristocracy all over the kingdom, and they are the chief frequenters of Italian Operas.
In inclose the agreement2 which Mr. Gye gave me, and am, with best compliments to Madame Spohr,

My dear Friend
Yours with the truest esteem
Edw. Taylor

Autor(en): Taylor, Edward
Adressat(en): Spohr, Louis
Erwähnte Personen: Gye, Frederick
Erwähnte Kompositionen: Spohr, Louis : Faust
Spohr, Louis : Jessonda
Spohr, Louis : Zemire und Azor
Erwähnte Orte: London
Erwähnte Institutionen: Covent Garden <London>


Der letzte erhaltene Brief dieser Korrespondenz ist Taylor an Spohr, 13.07.1852. Spohr beantwortete diesen Brief am 22.07.1852.

[1] Adresse sowie „18“ aus Datum auf Briefpapier vorgeprägt.

[2] Dieser Vertrag ist derzeit verschollen.

Kommentar und Verschlagwortung, soweit in den Anmerkungen nicht anders angegeben: Karl Traugott Goldbach (03.12.2019).