General information
Type of the document Letter
SenderMartinů, Bohuslav
Sender (corporation)
Note on Sender‘s location[Darien, Connecticut]
Send date21.08.1943
RecipientVosburgh, Carl J.
Recipient (corporation)Cleveland Orchestra
Recipient‘s locationCleveland, Ohio
AcquiredCleveland Orchestra Archives, 05/2022
Owner of the sourceCleveland Orchestra
Call number at IBMCO 1943-08-21
Content and physical description
Transcription of the letter

Augustè [sic] 21., 1943.

Dear Mr. Vosburgh,

In this moment, I can’t give you the sole performence [sic] rights, you asked me for, but I can to keep the score to your disposition for every performances, you wish. I have already writen [sic] to Mr. Hajný and Mr. Leinsdorf, that I send the score to London, and promised a performence [sic] to Mexico, after the first in Cleveland, and it is very possible Dr. Koussevitzky would have a performence [sic] à Boston, and I would surely have performence [sic] in New York. If you play the Symphony in New York, it will be much easier for me to give you the rights. I think London or Mexico doesn’t matter.

To avoid any misunderstanding, I would tell you that it is exacte [sic], Symphony was commisioned [sic] by my friends, for possible first performence [sic] in Cleveland, but this is very friendly and private side and doesn’t concern my jusual [sic] rights for performence [sic] and the royalty for location of orchestra materiel, which every orchestra automaticaly [sic] pays for.

The money I got from my friends, doesn’t cover even the copys [sic] of orchestra-materiel, and, unfortunately I can’t give myself the pleasure to writte [sic] only music. May be, all that is not necessary to write to you.

Will you be so kind and writte [sic] me if you have intention play my Symphony in N. York. In this case I will be able much easier to give you the rights for all season.

Very sincerely


B. Martinů.

P. S. Please, tell to Mr. G. Smith, I will send the notes and photos in earliest convenience. Thanks.

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Number of pages bearing text2

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Quality of digitisationNot professional colour
Digitized atCleveland Orchestra Archives
Date of digitisation05/2022
Location as subject
Boston, Massachusetts
Cleveland, Ohio
New York, NY
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Composition as subject
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