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

Dear Doctor Spohr

I write these few lines to say that our Secretary of the New Philharmonic Society has paid to your friend A. Farre the sum of £ 100. I am sorry that the payment has been delayed untill this time. I requested1 it might be paid before you left London but owing to a resolution of the Directors
”that the accounts should be all ’audited’ before payments were made“
my request to the secretary was not complied with.
With regard to the Music I will endeavour now without further delay to arrange either that the Society should buy it or If the Society will not buy it so could much like purchase some of the scores on my own account. But I will write upon further on this point.
I witnessed the Performance of your Opera Jessonda at the Royal Italian Opera House2 and I cannot help assessing upon the enjoyement I received from so doing. If all Operas were as interesting in the music as ”Jessonda“ I should always attend the Performances as it is3, I seldom go to the ”Opera“4 The annoucement of ”Jessonda“ attracted me however, and the music although is so beautiful5 that I was perfectly delighted. The Performance was good, save, in the first act where6 ”the hours“ was out of scene7.8 The audience seemed very warm in its acknowledgement of the beauties of the Opera. Let me again thank you for you kind exertions for our Society. Your visit will always be a proud event for us. Allow me to present my best Complts to Mad. Spohr. and believe me to be with much respect
your very faithfull

August 22/53

P.S. Can you tell me how many Orchestra parts of each of your 5 works9 were sent?

Der letzte erschlossene Brief dieser Korrespondenz ist Spohr an Wylde, 20.07.1853.

[1] Hier gestrichen: „that(?)“.

[2] Zur Aufführung vgl. „[James William Davison], „The Royal Italian Oper“, in: Musical World 31 (1853), S. 510-513; [Edward Holmes], „[Jessonda was performed]“, in: Spectator (1853), S. 773; C.A., „Londoner Briefe. (Spohr’s Jessonda – Project einer englischen Oper)“, in: Niederrheinische Musik-Zeitung 1 (1853), S. 52f.; W.G., „[Spohr’s opera of Jessonda]“, in: Critic 12 (1853), S. 444f.

[3] „is“ über der Zeile eingefügt.

[4] Hier ein Wort gestrichen („upon“?).

[5] Hier ein Wort gestrichen.

[6] „where“ über der Zeile eingefügt.

[7] Vermutlich das Duett mit der Zeile „In des Unglücks trüben Stunden“ im zweiten (sic!) Akt (vgl. Louis Spohr, Jessonda. Oper in drei Akten, hrsg. v. Gustav Kogel, Leipzig [1881], S. 163-173.

[8] Hier gestrichen: „and“.

[9] Bei den Konzerten der New Philhamonic Society am 29.06. und 08.07.1853 dirigierte Spohr seine Ouvertüre op. 126, das Quartettkonzert op. 131, die Doppelsinfonie Irdisches und Göttliches sowie die Ouvertüren zu Jessonda und Der Berggeist (vgl. Marianne Spohr, Tagebucheinträge 29.06. und 08.07.1853).

Kommentar und Verschlagwortung, soweit in den Anmerkungen nicht anders angegeben: Karl Traugott Goldbach (08.03.2022).