Accsession No.:

2011.4045
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Description

Signed letter from the composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor.

Inscription

[printed] 11, Dagmar Road,
South Norwood, S.E.

[handwritten] Tuesday

Dear Mr Dawson -

I have to thank you very much for your kind letter of a few days ago and also for the splendid lines that I have just seen in the Norwood papers!

I can assure you I never heed my critics,

[overleaf] especially as they all heap on me [indec] - the dramatic deficiencies of the setting - of course I have intended it to be dramatic[?] strictly speaking, & in this respect "Hiawatha" is just as [indec] as the "Blind Girl" & for the reason you mention.

I will let you [indec] (!) as soon as possible & will send you a copy.

Yours very sincerely

S. Coleridge-Taylor

Notes

- - Alan Cole. Letter from Coleridge-Taylor mentioning his 'Hiawatha'.
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (15 August 1875 – 1 September 1912) was an English composer of Creole descent who achieved such success that he was once called the "African Mahler". His mother named him Samuel Coleridge Taylor after the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge and the hyphen was added after a printer's error.
By 1896, Coleridge-Taylor was already earning a reputation as a composer. He was later helped by Edward Elgar. On the strength of Hiawatha's Wedding Feast, which was conducted by Stanford at its 1898 premiere and proved to be highly popular, Coleridge-Taylor made three successful tours of the United States.
The Dawson MAY have been A. J. W. Dawson, a Tyneside singer/songwriter and performer in the late 19th and early 20th century., but this is purely supposition.

Language

English

Associated Parties

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Place of Creation

London,

Creator

Date Created

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Collection

Music

Series

Hiawatha

composers

music

Autographs

Object Type

Letter

Category

Letter

Materials

paper

Dimensions

w: 200, h: 155, d: -