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    Composer Englebert Humperdinck Autograph Letter Signed. Two pages, in German, penned on recto and verso of first page only, on his "Grunewald - Berlin, Trabenerstr. 2" letterhead, March 30, 1909. German composer Humperdinck, best known for his opera Hänsel und Gretel, writes to an unknown correspondent regarding some of his (unidentified) works. The translated letter reads in part: "My dear Colleague! Doctor Kyllmann tells me that you will have the kindness to look over another hundred songs for me. I think you very much for your willingness which is the more relevant these days as I am burdened with many fold business affairs before I depart for Milan. I hope that the trouble which you kindly took upon yourself for my sake will not be too much for you."

    Although undocumented, it is possible that "Doctor Kyllmann" is Otto Kyllmann, a Brit who held a senior directorship of the Constable & Co. publishing firm from 1909 until 1950; Humperdinck may have been trying to have some of his compositions published, and turned to Kyllmann for help. At this time, Humperdinck was acting as the head of a Meister-Schule (Master Class) of composition, working on several of his own pieces, and collaborating with colleagues in the theater, so his request for assistance is understandable. Letter is lightly age toned and in fine condition.


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