19th Century Handwritten Letter from Sir George Grove to Sir William Henry Hadow on the Subject of a Musical Performance

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On offer is a handwritten letter, written and signed by writer Sir George Grove on Lower Sydenham S.E. letterhead and dated only "Monday". 

In the letter, Sir George Grove writes to Sir William Henry Hadow, leading educational reformer and musicologist in Great Britain. Sir Grove writes Sir Hadow to state his regret that Hadow had been absent from the CP (Crystal Palace), "...on Saturday to hear the Haydn Symphony in B6. It was so good; to tuneful and merry, and so large!"

BIO NOTES: Sir George Grove, CB was an English writer on music, known as the founding editor of Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians. Grove was the first director of the Royal College of Music, from its foundation in 1883 until his retirement in 1894. He recruited leading musicians including Hubert Parry and Charles Villiers Stanford as members of the College faculty and established a close working relationship with London's older conservatoire, the Royal Academy of Music. In addition to his musical work, Grove had a deep and scholarly knowledge of the Bible. He contributed to the English literature on the subject, including a concordance in 1854 and about a thousand pages of Sir William Smith's 1863 Bible Dictionary. He was a co-founder of the Palestine Exploration Fund. 

The letter measures 6-7/8x8-3/4 inches, folded to 4-3/8x6-7/8 inches. It is handwritten on two pages and signed by Sir Grove. 

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