Dukas, Paul, French composer (1865-1935). Autograph musical quotation signed ("Paul Dukas").

[Paris, 8 Dec. 1908, postmark].

Oblong 8vo. 1 p. With autograph envelope.


Beautiful musical quotation from Dukas's opera "Ariane et Barbe-Bleube", addressed to Mademoiselle Linette Chalupt. The quotation comprises 6 bars on a system of 3 staves (voice with lyrics and piano) of Ariane's aria "Mes pauvres, pauvres sœurs ! Pourquoi voulez-vous donc qu’on nous délivre si vous adorez vos ténèbres" ("My poor, poor sisters! Why do you want us to be delivered if you worship your darkness") from Act II of the opera that had premiered at the Opéra Comique on 10 May 1907. Dukas added performing directions "trés moderé et soutenu" and adapted a famous quote from Corneille's "Le Menteur" to flatter the recipient: "Votre façon de demander vaut mieux que ce qu'on donne" ("Your manner of asking is worth more than the gift").

Linette Chalupt (1892-1918) was the younger sister of the poet and critic René Chalupt. Several pieces were dedicated to the young pianist, most importantly Erik Satie's valse "Son binocle" from his "Valses distinguées du précieux dégoûté" in 1914.

Traces of folds. Envelope very slightly browned.

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