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Saint-Saëns, Camille (1835-1921)

Autograph Letter Signed

"C. Saint-Saens". Paris, April 8, [after 1871]. One page of a folded sheet. In excellent condition with faint horizontal fold.
The composer responds politely but negatively to someone's request for employment as a male secretary: Arriving back from London I found your letter. If I didn't have a secretary I would happily take you but I am already provided for. At this moment everyone is absent…
As Saint-Saëns writes after a trip to London, this letter must date to or after 1871, the year he first visited England. He would return there for various musical reasons throughout the years: he played for Queen Victoria and studied Handel manuscripts at the Buckingham Palace library; he conducted the premiere of this Third Symphony in 1886 in London and an oratorio performance of Samson et Dalila at Covent Garden in 1893; he was awarded honorary doctorates by the universities of Cambridge and Oxford; and, after composing a march for the coronation of Edward VII in 1902, he was made a Commander of the Victorian Order.
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