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Gabrilowitsch, Ossip (1878-1936)

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"Ossip Gabrilowitsch". To Abram Chasins. Philadelphia, January 24, 1929. 1 p. on Philadelphia Orchestra letterhead. In very good condition. Typical folds; faint water stain at right margin. Original smudge to w of signature.
The esteemed pianist writes to American composer Abram Chasins concerning past and future performances of Chasins' Piano Concerto No. 1.

Gabrilowitsch first mentions how happy he was to recently conduct the work and relays that Arthur Judson, the manager of the Philadelphia Orchestra, is keen to program it again the following week: It was a great pleasure to be associated with the performance of such a talented and sincere work as your Concerto… Mr. Judson has asked me to come back and conduct…on February 4th. At the same time he has suggested that we have you play your Concerto on that program.

Envisioning a grander future for the concerto, Gabrilowitsch continues: I have another plan…which I think is perhaps even better. It is my intention to have you play your Concerto with The Philadelphia Orchestra in New York next season [next season is written in manuscript]; this being the case it would seem better to have you also get an appearance…in Philadelphia next winter. The idea is this: you are going to make considerable changes in your Concerto during the summer. If we play the Concerto on a Monday in Philadelphia this will serve as a concert dress rehearsal for the New York performance. In closing, Gabrilowitsch asks Chasins to inform him at once by wire which of the two schemes he prefers.

The performance to which Gabrilowitsch initially refers was the premiere of the concerto, given on January 29, 1929 in Philadelphia with Chasins at the piano.

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