This American composer favored the classical style, but with an American twist; his four operas include "The Pipe of Desire," remembered as the first American composition performed at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York, but his best known work is his "Leaves of Grass" inspired symphonic poem "The Mystic Trumpeter" (1904). Item #41003
ANS, 1p, 7¼" X 10½", Westwood, MA, 10 November 1938. Addressed to Arnold F. Gates (1914-93, noted Lincoln and Civil War scholar). Near fine. Two faint horizontal folds. On his imprinted personal letterhead, Converse pens in his large, handsome script a grateful appreciation to an admirer: "Your appreciation of my music gives me great satisfaction and encouragement. Many thanks for your kindness...."