NIKOLAI ANDREIEVITCH RIMSKI-KORSAKOV (1844-1908) Autograph letter signed ‘Nicolas Rimski Korsakow’ in French, [addressed to the composer and conductor Camille Erlanger]. St. Petersburg, 25 March 1899.

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1 p. in-8. «Dear Sir, I thank you sincerely for sending me the Monte-Carlo concert programme [Camille Erlanger was to conduct in Monte-Carlo on 13 April 1899 two «tableaux» of his «dramatic legend» Saint-Julien l’Hospitalier composed after the tale by Gustave Flaubert]. As for your request to come and play in a symphony concert in Petersburg, I would advise you to contact Mr César Cui, the director of the Musical Society, which gives these concerts. I have no connection with these concerts. It would give me great pleasure to know that your commitment has been fulfilled and I look forward to meeting you in Petersburg. Please accept, Sir, the assurance of my most distinguished consideration. [The following is in the composer’s handwriting:] Nicolas Rimsky-Korsakow. 25 March 1899. St. Petersburg.» Rare.