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Arthur Rubinstein's handwritten letter (1948)

Arthur Rubinstein's handwritten letter (1948)

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Arthur Rubinstein, the brilliant Polish and Jewish pianist, one of the best of the 20th century, writes in New York about his art.

  • Letter written and signed by Arthur Rubinstein, to Joseph Kliass.
  • Three pages.
  • In English.
  • 13.5cm x 16.7cm.
  • New York, January 30, 1948.
  • Role of The Madison hotel and restaurant.
  • Good state.
  • Unique piece.

Dear Mr. Kliass, every time I travel to South America, I am reminded of the fact that Brazil has one of the most excellent piano teachers in existence, and it has been my privilege to listen to some of his students over a long period, and it is very clear to me that the results are mainly due to his gentle pedagogical principles and a wonderful gift in teaching. After our last meeting in New York, it occurred to me that your next trip here should not be just about pleasure, but that you should actually do some teaching. Many students I know would benefit greatly if you took a master class in NY or Philadelphia. If this idea pleases you, I would be delighted to do anything in my power to make it valid. With friendly greetings, your very sincere. Arthur Rubinstein.

Arthur Rubinstein (1887 - 1982) was a Polish and Jewish pianist, naturalized American, well known as one of the best virtuoso pianists of the 20th century. He received international acclaim for his performances of Chopin and Brahms. Rubinstein started playing the piano very early, at just three years old.

In 1919 he came to Brazil and met Heitor Villa-Lobos. He became interested in his modern compositions, and became responsible for publicizing his most famous compositions. In his honor, Villa-Lobos wrote his Rudepoema (1926). In this letter, Arthur Rubinstein praises his colleague and friend Joseph Kliass regarding his qualities as a piano teacher, inviting him to teach in the United States.

The content where Rubinstein expresses himself about his art - the piano - and the beauty of the calligraphy, give this document a special value.

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