Item AB/642 - Autograph letter signed from Adolph Brodsky to Ecray de Claxton, with accompanying receipt

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GB GB1179 AB-AB/642

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Autograph letter signed from Adolph Brodsky to Ecray de Claxton, with accompanying receipt

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  • 1897 (Creation)

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(1851-1929)

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Adolph Brodsky was born in 1851 in Taganrog on the Sea of Azov. At the age of not quite five, he began to play the violin and later became a pupil of Hellmesberger at the Vienna Conservatoire. In 1880 he married Anna Tskadowska in Sebastopol in the Crimea. The following year Brodsky became the first person to play the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto, declared unplayable by Leopold Auer to whom the original dedication was made. From 1883 to 1891 Brodsky taught at the Leipzig Conservatoire and established the Brodsky Quartet. In October 1891 Adolph and Anna Brodsky sailed for New York . After a very strenuous three years as concertmaster and soloist with the New York Symphony Orchestra under Walter Damrosch, Brodsky decided to return to Europe. When in Berlin, Adolph Brodsky received a letter from Sir Charles Hallé inviting him to teach at the recently founded Royal Manchester College of Music and to lead the Hallé Orchestra. Although Brodsky received offers of work from St. Petersburg, Berlin and Cologne and despite his wife's misgivings, Brodsky accepted the Manchester post. Within weeks of Brodsky's arrival in Manchester in 1895, Hallé died and Brodsky took over as principal of the College, a position which he held until his death in 1929.

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Brodsky sends a letter with the receipt for his Guadagnini violin to Mr. Claxton. In this friendly letter Brodsky thanks Mr. Claxton for the cheque and admits that he is missing the violin but adds humorously that Mrs. Brodsky is glad that he has got rid of the fearfull [sic] rival of his Guarnerius. He advises Leonora not to play to [sic] much: she might hurt her left hand. Dated 2 Apr 1897.

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