Grisar, Albert, Belgian composer (1808-1869). Autograph letter signed.

N. p., 1. VII. 1867.

8vo. 1½ pp.

 280,00

To a close friend named Roger with detailed information about the various locations of some of Grisar's original scores for a third person called Lesage: "Soyez assez bon pour prévenir Lesage que ma partition manuscrite du Voyage autour de ma chambre se trouve ainsi que l'ouverture, chez Mr. Soumis accompagnateurs de l'opera comique, & que celle de: Bégaiements d'amours se trouve au bureau de copie du théatre Lyrique - réclamer ces deux manuscrits. Des fragments d'Afraja (poème de Najac) sont cachés, ansi que les fragments de Rigolo (poème d'Ad. Pellier) sur le haut (en dehors) de la bibliothèque de mon cabinet de travail, au 2d étage, à Asnières, 5 rue de Normandie. Il y a aussi au 1er étage sur mon piano différents fragments [...]".

As Grisar reveals the locations of hidden fragments at his home in Asnières and closes with a heartfelt "Adieu cher ami soyez heureux", the letter appears to be intended as a final farewell. The composer died in Asnières two years later but might have suffered from a serious illness or considered leaving France at the time. His star as a successful comic opera composer had been waning since the early 1860s. One of the pieces mentioned in the letter, "Les Bégaiements d'Amour", which had premiered in 1864, was among his final completed compositions.

Two pinholes and two slightly buckled corners.

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