Claude Terrasse

Terrasse, Claude

French composer (1867-1923). Autograph letter signed. [Paris]. 14.09.1907. 8vo. ¾ page on bifolium.
$ 269 / 250 € (82786/BN54106)

To a friend, who should already have received a thematic table from Terrasse's editor concerning the songs from "L'Ingénu Libertin", Terrasse's "conte galant" in three acts, soon to premiere at the "Théâtre des Bouffes-Parisiens" on 11 December 1907. Terrasse also promises to send a score and thanks the addressee for devoting several articles to him: "Mon éditeur a du vous faire tenir aujourd'hui même la table thématique des morceaux de L'Ingénu Libertin. Je vous enverrai ma partition dès qu'elle aura paru - vers le 23 - Mes sincères remerciements pour les articles que vous avez bien voulu me consacrer [...]". - Slightly browned in places.

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Terrasse, Claude

French composer (1867-1923). 2 autograph letters signed. Lyon and Fréjus. 8vo. Together 1½ pp.
$ 485 / 450 € (90059/BN59510)

In the earlier letter, Terrasse expresses his wish to meet the recipient, although he fears that it will be "difficult to talk usefully" on the "day of the premiere" at the Grand Théâtre in Lyon: "Il nous sera peut-être bien difficile de pouvoir parler utilement mardi, jour de première, mais je serai heureux de faire cotre connaissance, vous me trouverez vraisemblablement au Grand-Théâtre [...]". The premiere in question was undoubtably that of Terrasse's opera "Pantagruel" with a libretto by Alfred Jarry and Eugène Démolder, inspired by Rabelais.

The premiere took place on 30 January 1911. Terrasse had previously composed incidental music for Jarry's famous "Ubu Roi". - In the letter from 16 April 1919, Terrasse asks an unnamed friend and collaborator to become a co-sponsor of his friend, the dramatist Marc Bonis-Charancle (1859-1939), in a society that Bonis-Charancle has recently joined, possibly the Société des auteurs, compositeurs et éditeurs de musique (SACEM), where Terrasse had been a member of since 1892: "Je viens de vous demander de vouloir bien être parrain avec moi pour un vieil ami qui vient d'être reçu sociétaire. Il s'appelle Bonis-Charancle - il est pour le moment en Angleterre [...]". - The letter from 1911 on stationery of the "Hôtel Terminus" in Lyon. This letter shows several tears partly affecting the letterhead, creases, some browning, and minimal foxing..

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