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Strauss, Richard (1864-1949)

Autograph Letter Signed

"Dr. Richard Strauss". Likely to publisher Adolph Fürstner. Berlin, October 7, 1905. Quarto. 1 p. on hotel stationery. With full English translation. In very good condition. Typical folds. A bit of glue residue at top margin (above letterhead, not affecting); two hole punches at left and tiny tear at right margin (none affecting).
The famed German composer apologizes to his publisher for not having yet produced a set of revisions: I have been so bothered with things and burdened with work that I could not devote myself to the projected arrangement… If the first deadline passes, publish the first collection in God's name without a revision. The letter is very likely to Adolph Fürstner, who would publish the Salome score later that same year. Strauss had signed a contract with him in 1900.
One assumes that Strauss' burden of work included the final preparations for his opera Salome, which premiered just two months after he wrote this letter.
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