ALBANI (Dame Emma, 1852-1930, Canadian Operatic Soprano)

Autograph Letter Signed”E. A. Gye” to “My dear Adela” VERNE (1877-1952, Pianist), apologising for her late reply as she has “been and am so busy - what with Book, Concert, and my lessons it is very engrossing and I have hardly any time to myself. Thank you for all your kind remembrance and you know I wish you all happiness! Yes, I loved the Liebershoff(?) with you! What are you going to play on the 14th the orchestra is Landon Ronalds - and you can play with it, if you like. It is only one member as we are such a lot of artists & about the muddle of the programme - when will you be in town - you can always find me at 4 o’clock Saturdays. I have your news from Nellie. She is well - how I miss her...”, 3 sides 8vo., 61 Tregunter Road, SW, headed paper, 25th September

Verne was of German descent, born in Southampton. She was considered the greatest woman pianist of her era, ranked alongside the male keyboard giants of the time. She toured with great success in many parts of the world. She composed a Military March dedicated to Queen Elizabeth, later the Queen Mother, her sister Mathilde's pupil. She toured Australia with Dame Nellie Melba, and was associated on stage with other singers such as Luisa Tetrazzini, Amelita Galli-Curci and John McCormack, and violinists such as Mischa Elman, Eugène Ysaÿe and others.

Item Date:  1911

Stock No:  42407      £175

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