Charles-Louis-Étienne Nuitter

Nuitter, Charles-Louis-Étienne

French librettist and librarian (1828-1899). Autograph letter signed. Paris. 8vo. 1½ pp.
$ 412 / 350 € (82733/BN54028)

To a music journalist, informing him that he has not yet received research drafts or notes, and offering his support for an unspecified musical biography and general index: "Je n'ai rien reçu! Vous me dites qu'une partie de vos notes s'était égarée; j'espère qu'il n'en aura pas été de même du reste et qu'à votre retour il vous sera facile de les retrouver. Je serai très heureux sie je puis contribuer au succès de vos recherches; tout est à faire en matière de Bibliographie musicale et l'inventaire sommaire par lequel vous voulez commencer sera à lui seul un travail bien utile qui rendra de grands services [...]".

- Trained as a lawyer, the theatre enthusiast Nuitter started writing librettos for vaudevilles, opéras comiques, operettas and ballets in the 1850s. It is estimated that he wrote or co-authored some 500 theatrical pieces, including libretti for several works by Offenbach, the scenario for Léo Delibes' ballet "Coppélia", and pieces by Hervé, Guiraud, Lalo, Lecocq and others. Nuitter also established himself as a translator of librettos. His translations were highly esteemed by Wagner and Verdi, whom he assisted over the revision of "Don Carlos" 1882/83. In 1863 Nuitter quit his job as a lawyer to work in the archives of the Paris Opera. He became official archivist in 1866 and successfully catalogued the existing archive, saved many important documents from destruction, and greatly expanded the collection during his term. - On stationery with printed letterhead of the archives of the Paris Opera. Well preserved..

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