RICHARD ADDINSELL

(1904-77) British composer, best known for film music over a long career spanning almost four decades but especially remembered for his "Warsaw Concerto" for the film, "Dangerous Moonlight" (1941).

Autograph Letter Signed, 2 pp on one 4to sheet, Hotel Bellevue, Var, France, Aug. 13, 1947.

He answers a letter, carbon copy included, regarding a suggestion to turn a book into a musical. He thanks his correspondent for sending the book, "The Countess to Boot," by American author, Jack Iams and published by the US Armed Services (# 876). Addinsell explains that he is on holiday, enjoying, "complete laziness in the sun...I enjoyed 'The Countess'...it would make a fine musical. Though I am not sure that it is quite right for my own purposes. I think it needs someone younger and more with the rhythms of the moment. Though naturally that would depend on the treatment of the story...." He expresses concern about, "the parcel of records, " and continues. "I only saw the out of town opening of 'Tuppence Coloured...and after the usual tightenings and cuttings I would say the Revue has excellent chances. ..." He signs, "Dick Addinsell." Addinsell refers to the West End Revue, in 1942 ,"Tuppence Coloured and Penny Plain " which writer Joyce Grenfell created with the Addinsell. In upper left corner, there are some small punch holes and staple perforation caused a tear, not affecting text, otherwise fine.

Item #2467

Price: $395.00

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