Autograf: Universitätsbibliothek Kassel - Landesbibliothek und Murhardsche Bibliothek der Stadt Kassel (D-Kl), Sign. 4° Ms. Hass. 287[Taylor, E.:50
Druck: Karl Traugott Goldbach, „,... daß die dabei gehaltene Predigt großentheils gegen sein Oratorium gerichtet war'. Zur Rezeption von Des Heilands letzte Stunden in Großbritannien”, in: Die Oratorien Louis Spohrs. Kontext – Text – Musik, hrsg. v. Dominik Höink, Göttingen 2015, S. 307-339, hier S. 329 (teilweise)

Dr. Louis Spohr
Hesse Cassel
via France0
Gresham College
June 4. 1847
My Dear and honoured Friend
After much & repeated discussion, the Comittee of the Sacred Harmonic Society have decided to perform “The Fall of Babylon” twice, the “Last Jugdement” once, the Vater unser” & the “Milton’s Psalm” – There was a great desire on the part of some of the Committee to have the “Crucifixion” – but you know the prejudice against making this event the subject of an Oratorio, and it was, at last, decided that it would be more prudent not to encounter it, and provoke an angry invection against it in the Newspapers. I am very anxious to hear the “Last Jugdement” under your direction, for you have never yet conducted it in England.
When I first wrote to propose this visit to you what a long time it seemed to look forward to but now in a month I shall see you again – “O giorno di contente!“ I have laid no plans & made no engagements for you, as I wish that you, as well as Madame Spohr & her Sister1, should be free to dispose of your time as you please. It gives me great pleasure that the latter lady will accompany you, & see with her own eyes that England of which she has heard you often speak. She will receive from me a hearty English welcome.
You will easily suppose that Jenny Lind is exciting a great furore here. I have not heard her, for she has only sung in Operas that I care very litte to hear. I like to hear a good singer, but I like still better to hear good music. But every body agrees that she is a finished performer – combining all the requisites for her profession – a voice that charms & captivates – a fine style – great power of expression & great talent as an actress.
The Philharmonic Concerts are drawing to a close – the last is on the 21st of this month.
When you can inform of the day you are likely to arrive, perhaps madame Spohr will have the kindness to inform Margaret – If the letter is directed No 15. Patriot Square, Victoria Park, London, it will be sure to reach her, as that is my house in London.
My best compliments to her - & my best wishes for a pleasant voyage. ”Soave sia il vento!2
Believe me
My excellent Friend
Yours in the sincerest regard
Edw. Taylor.
I presume Margaret informed you that the Psalm had arrived safe.

Autor(en): Taylor, Edward
Adressat(en): Spohr, Louis
Erwähnte Personen: Lind, Jenny
Pfeiffer, Caroline
Taylor, Margaret
Erwähnte Kompositionen: Spohr, Louis : Des Heilands letzte Stunden
Spohr, Louis : Die letzten Dinge
Spohr, Louis : Psalm 84, WoO 72
Spohr, Louis : Vater Unser, WoO 67
Erwähnte Orte: London
Erwähnte Institutionen: Sacred Harmonic Society <London>


Dieser Brief ist die Antwort auf Spohr an Taylor, 26.04.1847. Der nächste erhaltene Brief dieser Korrespondenz ist Taylor an Spohr, 18.02.1848, aus dem sich noch ein derzeit verschollener Brief von Spohr an Taylor erschließen lässt.

[0] [Ergänzung 19.08.2022:] Auf dem Adressfeld befindet sich rechts oben der Poststempel „PAID / C+ / 4 JU 4 / 1847“, direkt darunter der stark verwischte Stempel „[???] / [???] / [???]OLOGNE“, auf der Rückseite des zusammengefalteten Briefumschlags der Stempel „D 4 / [???]“.

[1] Caroline Pfeiffer.
[2] [Ergänzung 19.08.2022: „Sanft sei der Wind!“,] Terzett aus Wolfgang Amadeus Mozarts Cosi fan tutte.
Kommentar und Verschlagwortung, soweit in den Anmerkungen nicht anders angegeben: Karl Traugott Goldbach (30.11.2019).