Renowned Swiss-French composer and pianist famed as an interpreter of Wagner and the Romantics. Item #42249
ALS in French, 2pp (single leaf), 5¼" X 8¼", n.p., 25 November 1947. Addressed to "cher Monsieur" (American pianist and music school founder John G. Leiser). Very good. Faintly visible triangular 3½" X 3" stain (tea?) at upper left of first page (reverse on recto). On his green imprinted Neuilly-sur-Seine, France letterhead (which address he crosses out), Cortot complains about having never received his correspondent's first letter, noting in part (rough translation), "I have lived in Switzerland for two years, so it's probable the postmaster where I used to live is very disorganized and neglected to forward your letters. Since you show interest in my projects and my return to the United States, I can tell you that I am having talks about touring your big country during the winter of 48-49, where I have dear and faithful friendships. On the other hand, concerning my recordings, I just made a dozen recordings in England for His Master's Voice. I would be surprised if you couldn't buy them...." Nice music content, penned large and bold in Cortot's legible hand. With French transcript.