A group of three letters to Piero Heliczer, from Robert Graves, Hans Richter, and Moses Asch, each declining his invitation to attend the Purcell Festival in Paris, and one letter from Shinichi Yuize, c. 1959.

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A group of three letters to Piero Heliczer, from Robert Graves, Hans Richter, and Moses Asch, each declining his invitation to attend the Purcell Festival in Paris, and one letter from Shinichi Yuize, c. 1959.

i) ALS from Robert Graves, 1pp. (approx. 162 words), paper headed with the author's address in Mallorca, dated April 18, 1959. Graves begins: "Sorry: but July is when everyone comes to stay with me here, can't get away", before providing answers to four questions from Heliczer. Later, he states that "Purcell was my interest in English music; my chief joy is Dowland & company, his predecessors; but Purcell was all right. So good luck to your festival", adding a final note: "I used to print my own poems once and other people's too. What fun it was." Graves's postcard to Heliczer in 1958 provided the preface to his first collection, 'You Could Hear The Snow Dripping And Falling Into The Deers Mouth'.

ii) ALS from Hans Richter, 2pp. (approx. 143 words), paper headed with the artist's address in Southbury, Conn., dated June 20, 1959. The letter, addressed to both Olivia de Haulleville and Piero Heliczer, begins: "I can not come to Paris. My films are - more or less - at the Cinemathèque." A "commentary", or short statement, follows: "Objects are also people. If the wind blows right they behave, mostly, more sensible than humans. I envy their freedom. We penetrate their realm as if we were the Gods & suppress them as if they were people. I am for their international liberation." Richter then answers Heliczer's four questions "on your invitation", concluding: "I wish you all the luck in your venture and hope to see you in february 60 when I have my exhibit. at Denise René. Best regards Hans Richter Best the Man + Woman - Ray".

iii) TLS from Moses Asch, 1pp. (approx. 115 words), paper headed with the printed address of Folkways Records, NYC. The letter, addressed to both Olivia de Haulleville and Piero Heliczer, begins: "Although we cannot get to Paris this year, may we thank you for your kind invitation and I hope that your festival is successful." It continues with mention of "a film strip that was put together by Alan Lomax on the anniversary of the death of Huddie Leadbelly Leadbetter, however, the script is lost" (Heliczer held Leadbelly’s music in high esteem, and Leadbelly recorded several songs for the Folkways label that Asch founded, including "Goodnight Irene"). Little is known of the Purcell Festival that Heliczer planned for the second week of July 1959, or who was invited or attended, though these letters reveal three who didn't.

iv) ALS from Shinichi Yuize, 1pp., (approx. 225 words), dated February 11, 1959. Yuize, a master koto player, writes about his recent compositions and upcoming concerts in Japan, closing: "I thought of you many times. I will write you more later. Take good care of yourself. Love, Shinichi."

The letters demonstrate Heliczer's wide range of international contacts with other artists, and, also, in the final one, the depth and breadth of his musical appreciation (Heliczer's interests varied from English baroque to American blues, and classical Japanese to country music). A publication unseen by this cataloguer, titled 'Purcell Festival: an imaginary meeting' and including texts by Robert Graves and Hans Richter, was advertised for sale on a Dead Language publicity card, 'Why Are You Looking Askance Im Just Trying To Shout', c. 1961 (item #55).

Diagonal creases at top left corners, with old paper clip marks to top edge, o/w Very Good; Yuize letter slightly dampstained.

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