Autograph Letter Signed, one page, large quarto. Leipzig, May 12, 1846. In French. To Signor Marchese Domenico Capranica in Rome.
“I thank you sincerely and from my heart for the translation of my St. Paul you kindly sent me; you provided me a real pleasure with this consignment and the agreeable letter that accompanied it. As far as I can judge, you vanquished all difficulties of the task imposed on you, and I cannot sufficiently express to you all the gratitude I feel while reading and admiring your verses and thinking of all the hard work you must have done to arrive at this goal. I feel every obligation I owe you, but please believe that the interest you expressed in my work is not less flattering to me than the honor of seeing it reproduced in Italy. Monsieur Poggi didn’t travel to this city; he sent me your letter and the music from Hamburg. I did not have the pleasure of making his acquaintance therefore, and I didn’t want to defer addressing my thanks and expressing how greatly I appreciate the extent of your goodness to me. Accept I pray you the assurance of my greatest consideration with that which I have the honor to be .”
A landmark event during Felix Mendelssohn’s Leipzig years, where he was the conductor of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, was the premiere of his oratorio St. Paul, given at the Lower Rhenish Festival in Dusseldorf in 1836, shortly after the death of the composer’s father (which greatly affected him). Mendelssohn wrote that he would never cease to endeavor to gain his father’s approval though he could no longer enjoy it. Approval from his contemporaries was immediate; St. Paul was thought to be his finest work and sealed his European reputation.
During Felix Mendelssohn’s lifetime, St. Paul was a popular and frequently performed work. It was translated into English for performances in Great Britain and the United States (in Boston) and, as this letter attests, in Italian. There were numerous performances throughout Europe.
Framed in antiqued silver gilt with a formal portrait of Felix Mendelssohn. Matted in sage and dark green with a window on the back. Framed dimensions are 20 5/8 inches wide by 16 1/4 inches high.
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