20 Nov SIXTH ISSUE: UNPUBLISHED CORRESPONDENCE FROM MANUEL DE FALLA TO MIGUEL LLOBET
The sixth part of Manuel de Falla´s unpublished letters to Miguel Llobet. They have been transcribed, once more, by Santiago Míguez de la Rosa. (IN THE LOWER SIDE OF THIS ARTICLE, WE WILL LEAVE YOU THE LINK TO THE PREVIOUS LETTERS PUBLISHED ON OUR WEB)
Address: Mr. Miguel Llobet 4 bis Regomir St, Barcelona
My Dearest Miguel:
I presume you must have received my postcard, and I also suppose our great friends Torres and Almandoz will have told you we have spoken to Mr. Sharpe, requesting help for the Betica Chamber Orchestra, confiding in his generosity and enthusiasm for every noble enterprise, as this one. We would very much appreciate if you would employ your valuable influence in this sense. You are already aware of the fact that enthusiasm, even if it is accompanied by the best will in the world, does not suffice, and this is the case of the Orchestra and we who care about it and its future – which I believe will be brilliant – .
My warmest regards for your wife, and my dearest hug for you, from your most devoted admirer,
Please, let me know whether your finger finally healed, as I do wish.
M.ª del Carmen sends her best regards.
Addresser: M. de Falla. Antequeruela Alta, Granada
In 1922, Manuel de Falla visited Seville on Easter, where he met Eduardo Torres, Chapel Master of the Cathedral, who, along with the violoncellist Segismundo Romero, collaborated in the preparation of “El retablo de Maese Pedro” in its concert version, which was premiered in Seville on the inaugural concert of the band on 23 March 1923. It was an overwhelming disaster, economically speaking, not even being able to cover the minimum expenses of the celebration. As a consequence, Falla and Eduardo Torres, along with the musical critic Norberto Almandoz, addressed Mr. Sharpe (a millionaire from whom Miguel Llobet had received Antonio de Torres´s guitar, with which he appears on a picture taken by Lambert Suydam in 1919), requesting help.
Santiago Míguez de la Rosa, 18 November 2020
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