Item AB/928 - Photocopy of an autograph letter signed from Adolph Brodsky to Edward Elgar

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GB GB1179 AB-AB/928

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Photocopy of an autograph letter signed from Adolph Brodsky to Edward Elgar

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  • [20th cent] (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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Adolph Brodsky writes admiringly to Edward Elgar of the latter's Quartet which was magnificently performed by the Catterall Quartet. Brodsky is particularly impressed with the first movement "which is a wonderful work of art." Brodsky is cut off from all his quartet colleagues, especially Speelman who "is tied fast to the North Pier at Blackpool." The Brodsky Quartet will not be able to play the Quartet until next season. It does not matter who plays it as long as they do justice to the work. Brodsky is grateful to the younger quartets for doing the pioneer work. Brodsky hopes in time to play it all over the North of England and in Ireland. The Bohemian Quartet is coming to England soon and Brodsky hopes that they will play Elgar's Quartet on the continent. The original is dated 29 May 1919, and it is unclear when this photocopy was made.

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