Description: German-born American conductor and composer Walter Damrosch (1862-1950) penned this lengthy autograph letter signed in 1892, in which he discusses accepting an invitation to play at the opening ceremonies of a building in New York City. He writes that “the smallest number of men I could do anything with, is thirty” and that “The range of compositions which could be rendered by thirty pieces is rather limited but I could play Beethoven’s Overture; “Consecration of the House”, some String Orchestra numbers, “My Country ‘tis of Thee”, a Choral or Hymn, and an appropriate march.”
Damrosch is remembered for directing the New York Symphony Orchestra (1885-1928), for conducting the world premiere performances of George Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F (1925) and An American in Paris (1928), and for his instrumental role in the founding of Carnegie Hall.
Written on three pages of a piece of stationery imprinted with: “Stanwood, Bar Harbor, Maine”. Folded to 8” x 5”. Item #A01094.
Condition: Fold lines, otherwise in very good condition with a bold signature.