Autograph letter draft, unsigned.
8vo. 4 pp.
Letter to an unnamed correspondent, in which Liszt expresses his ideas for a concert which will be held at the Salle Erard in Paris and which will comprise several of his compositions. The name of Madame Marchesi is mentioned twice, once for her "benevolence" that seems to make the concert possible, and a second time for the provision of a "brilliant" student to sing the part of "Joan of Arc at the Stake" which is included in the programme. The name of the pianist Madame Montigny is also mentioned twice, above all to take part in the programme and to carry out the "Hungarian Rhapsody" or a "Concerto". Liszt honours the literary personalities of his time by reminding that his "Preludes" are "after Lamartine", "Mazeppa after Victor Hugo" and "Joan of Arc at the Stake" after "Dumas". He also mentions the editors of the programmes of his compositions (Breitkopf, Schott, Taborsky). Liszt adds an NB: "I would not like to take the risk of a danse macabre because of the great orchestral noise that will do injustice to that of Mazeppa".
Provenance: Family Nikita Magaloff and Joseph Szigeti.