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FINE CONDITION WITH STANDARD LETTER FOLDS

The conductor sends a one page typed letter signed to the concert pianist Abram Chasins on Boston Symphony Orchestra letterhead, November 9, 1939.  We offer with a vintage doubleweight 8” x 10” photograph of Koussevitzky conducting with a facsimile autograph.

 

Dear Mr. Chasins,

 

Thank you so much for the invitation to come to your home during our stay in New York this month.

 

It would have given both Mrs. Koussevitzky and me great pleasure to call on you and taste the “concert performance” of your cook.  Unfortunately, every minute of my time is already taken.  Therefore, I am afraid we shall have to postpone the pleasure to some other visit when my own “concert performances” are a little less crowded.  We regret it very much and are looking forward to seeing you, anyway, at the concerts and also at the Knopf’s party…..

 

The letter shows Koussevitzky’s kindly wit with his play on words which were obviously delivered in the initial letter to the conductor.  As a big fund raiser for his music foundation, Koussevitzky was rarely available for dinners other than with wealthy donors when he traveled.  Koussevitzky’s (1874-1951) led Chasin’s (1903-1987) Boston Symphony Orchestra solo debut on October 6, 1939, a month prior to this letter.  Chasins performed Gershwin’s Concerto in F with the orchestra.  This single performance as the orchestras’ acknowledgement of Gershwin’s passing was the first time Koussevitzky had conducted Gershwin since the composer himself played Rhapsody in Blue with the Orchestra in 1925.  (Arthur Fiedler had performed Gershwin works frequently with the Pops.) Chasins would perform with the orchestra on four other occasions in duet performances of the Bach keyboard concertos through 1945.  The pianist in addition to performing and teaching went onto an additional career as the General Manager of the New York City classical radio station, WQXR.

 

Perfect for display!

 

 


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