This Russian-born American composer ended up in France after the Russian Revolution, where he performed and composed prolifically -- symphonies, orchestral pieces, piano concertos, operas, ballet and choral music; post-WW2 he emigrated to Chicago, where he taught and composed. Item #39656
Remarkably beautiful ALS, 1p, 6" X 11", Vanves, France, n.y. [likely early 1930s]. Near fine. On a lovely, heavy, tannish tissue paper, Tcherepnine pens in his usual miniscule script and black ink a note to unidentified "Cher ami" in French, referring to the first performance of his new work "Suite georgienne" and the Salle de l'ancienne Conservatoire in Paris; he switches to English briefly near the close, when noting trying to reach someone by telephone "but was unsuccessfull!" This handsome note occupies only a small central portion at the right margin, much of this sheet being filled with an extraordinary partly hand-drawn and partly inkstamped color drawing, presumably Japanese, depicting a monkey descending the branches of a tree bearing numerous orange flowers against a pale blue background. Wonderfully executed in pale, soft colors. At lower right and lower left are small inkstamped insignias that we assume indicate the artist. A truly exceptional letter from the young composer.