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Description: Italian Classical and Romantic composer Luigi Cherubini (1760-1842) penned and signed this letter in which he thanks his correspondent (in French) for coming to “the Institute” and “accompanying the songs of the young people”. He also begs his correspondent to accept the enclosed tickets for the following Saturday. The institute Cherubini references might be the Royal Institute of the Netherlands, an institution to which he became an elected member in 1808.

Luigi Cherubini was admired by Beethoven and was a friend of Italian violinist Giovanni Battista Viotti (1755-1824), who happens to be mentioned in the letter; Cherubini writes that he is sending a letter that “Viotti addressed to me for you”. Cherubini wrote several successful operas, including Médée (1797) and Les deux journées (1800), as well as, masses and requiems for churches. He became director of the Conservatoire de Paris in 1822 and was a friend to several famous contemporaries, including fellow musicians Frédéric Chopin and Gioachino Antonio Rossini, and the artist, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres.

Mat window: 7 ¾” x 6 ¼”. Framed with an engraved portrait of Cherubini. Overall: 16 ¼” x 21 ½”. Verso of frame has a sticker from the business of Walter R. Benjamin Autographs. Item #A01195

Condition: The letter has folds and scattered spots. The iron gall ink has caused the “b” of Cherubini to lift slightly, but without any loss. Generally in good condition with a large, bold signature.