Item AB/901 - Photocopy of an autograph letter signed from Adolph Brodsky to Edvard Grieg

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GB GB1179 AB-AB/901


Photocopy of an autograph letter signed from Adolph Brodsky to Edvard Grieg


  • [20th cent] (Creation)

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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 writes to Edvard Grieg about concert arrangements. There is no concert committee and Hallé's heirs and Forsyth make the business arrangements and Forsyth is very mean. He made Brodsky wait a long time and then came up with 35 pounds [700 marks ?], for which one has no Grieg. Brodsky wonders if Grieg would play his three sonatas with Brodsky as extra concerts. He wonders how much above 35 pounds Grieg would need to make him come. Perhaps Liverpool would also be possible. Brodsky is very keen for Grieg and his wife to come: they must stay at the Brodskys' or with very dear friends and they would feel much better than in an hotel. Both Adolph and Anna Brodsky like Manchester very much: they have made many friends in the short time they have been there. The public is musical and enthusiastic. Brodsky has a lot of work but enjoys it. He is becoming fatter and fatter. The original is dated 2 Dec 1895, and it is unclear when this photocopy was made.

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