Kodály, Zoltán (1882-1967)
Autograph Letter Signed"Z. Kodály". To Marya Freund. Budapest, Feb. 21, 1928. Two sides of a lined sheet. In German. Fine, though a little delicate. With full translation.
In a long letter, the Hungarian composer relays the impossibility of scheduling a performance for Freund in Budapest before the end of March, explaining that you really should have written much, much earlier. Here concerts must be announced six weeks in advance. He discourages the singer from performing in the city on March 13, even though a hall is available, because the public will undoubtedly be more tempted by a Casals concert that evening. Kodály also bluntly states that once the concert is scheduled, a great program of modern music would not be possible. No one here wants to hear that and the works are not given. Kodály closes with: In matters of programming no one has any say but the manager and the conductor, in this case W. Bruno...did not use his influence in your favor (or so it appears).