HARTVIGSON, Frits. 11866



Autograph Letter Signed, to Miss Lily, sending various named autographs, including that of Rubinstein 3 pp. 7 x 4½ inches, in good condition, traces of mounting on blank verso. 7 Porteous Road, Maida Hill, 27 May 1881. Uncommon. Frits Hartvigson (b. 1841), Danish pianist. The repertoire of this Jewish pianist included the compositions of Liszt, Bronsart, Brahms, Rubinstein, and Raff. Especially distinguished was his performance in Liszt’s “Todtentanz” for piano and orchestra, given under the leadership of Hans von Bülow in 1878 in England. Hartvigson settled in London in 1864, and played at the Crystal Palace Saturday concerts, at the Richter and Henschel orchestral concerts, and at the Philharmonic Society concerts; at the last-named he introduced Liszt’s Concerto in E-flat (1872). From 1872 to 1875 he lived in Russia, and when he returned to London was appointed pianist to the Princess Alexandra of Wales. “As I shall be sure to be in the other world before you, I shall not forget (& have noted it down on my memorandum) to get Beethoven, Abraham, & other celebrities to write something, & then send it by whatever means of communication there will be available.”