George Alexander Osborne

Osborne, George Alexander

Irish composer and pianist (1806-1893). Autograph letter signed. No place or date. 8vo. 1 page.
$ 638 / 600 € (82694/BN53986)

Inviting Charles de Beauregard, editor of "La Gazette de France", to his concert: "Connoissant la [...] bonté que vous avez eu pour ma camarade Mlle de Dietz j'en vous prier de me faire l'honneur de venir à mon concert que je donnerais mardi prochain [...]". - Osbourne taught piano in Brussels before going to Paris in 1826 to study with Johann Peter Pixis (piano) and François-Joseph Fétis (harmony and counterpoint), then completing his piano studies with Friedrich Kalkbrenner. He was active in the circle of Chopin, Rossini, Berlioz, and Liszt. In 1843 he settled in London as a pianist and teacher. - Some slight staining.

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Osborne, George Alexander

Irish composer and pianist (1806-1893). Autograph letter signed. 32 Rue de Londres [Paris]. 8vo. 1 p.
$ 691 / 650 € (86144/BN57059)

To the composer and pianist Pierre-Joseph-Guillaume Zimmerman, inviting him and his wife to a soirée and announcing a "new Trio for Meyerbeer", probably an adaptation of one of Meyerbeer's popular vocal pieces: "Si vous avez un moment demain soir a 9-½. Je serai charmé de vous voir ainsi que Madame, car je dois exécuter un nouveau Trio pour Meyerbeer, je serai donc bien aise de vous voir. Nous aurons que peu de monde et une robe montante est de rigueur [...]". - Born in Limerick, Osborne left Ireland for Brussels at the age of eighteen, when he was appointed music instructor to the later King William III of the Netherlands.

During the Belgian Revolution of 1830 he fought for the royalists and subsequently had to leave the newly formed state of Belgium, moving to Paris. There he studied under Johann Peter Pixis, François-Joseph Fétis, and Friedrich Kalkbrenner. Among his friends in Paris were some of the leading musicians of his time, including Berlioz and Chopin. In 1843, Osborne moved to London, where he held directorships of the Philharmonic Society, the Royal Academy of Music, and conducted the Amateur Musical Society. - On lithographed mourning paper. Somewhat stained. With collector's number in pencil (recto) and a note in ink (verso)..

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