Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Busoni mss., 1901-1920, are the letters of Ferruccio Benvenuto Busoni, 1866-1924, Italian pianist and composer. Born in Tuscany and dying in Berlin, Busoni writes these letters in German. To Otto Hessmann of Charlottenburg in 1901 and 1902 he writes about his recent concert tour and comments on the work of the Norwegian composer Christian Sinding. In 1903 he recommends to Herren Ibach, piano manufacturer of Barmen, one of his outstanding piano pupils, Egon Petri. To Ilse the sculptor in 1908 he criticizes a Brahms monument as a "verlegenes Werk." From his retreat in Zurich in 1916 he expresses appreciation to an undentified friend for his fiftieth birthday observance.

Accompanying the letters is an outline in pencil for a Toccata dated 3 August 1920.

Collection size: 6 items

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