Item AB/643 - Autograph letter signed from Adolph Brodsky to Anna Brodsky re the death of Edvard Grieg

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Autograph letter signed from Adolph Brodsky to Anna Brodsky re the death of Edvard Grieg


  • 1907 (Creation)

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Adolph Brodsky writes to his wife Anna some time after his arrival in Bergen for the funeral of Edvard Grieg. Halvorsen called for Brodsky and they went to a rehearsal of Grieg's Funeral March and Varen [Fruhling] for string orchestra. Brodsky ordered a wreath in the name of the Brodsky Quartet. Then they went into the museum to look at Grieg. Nina, Tony and many of Grieg's relatives were there. Brodsky was deeply moved by the spiritual beauty of the corpse. Brodsky has met Grieg's best friends Herr and Frau Franz Bayer, who told Brodsky of Grieg's final suffering when he was out of breath and could no sleep. When he went into hospital he had a presentiment of his own death. He died peacefully in his sleep. The funeral is on the following day and afterwards they will go to the Bayers' home which is very near Troldhaugen. His hotel room is no. 28 very close to the rooms 30, 31 and 32 of last year. In a postscript Brodsky mentions that Bjornson is now over 75 years old and weak and will not be coming to the funeral. He has sent a wreath and his poem on the death of Grieg has appeared in the newspaper. Dated 8 Sep 1907.

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