|Creator:||Walter, Bruno, 1876-1962|
|Title:||Bruno Walter letter to Mrs. Ryenson|
|Quantity:||0.1 Linear feet (1 portfolio)|
|Abstract:||The collection consists of an autographed, signed letter from Bruno Walter, Chicago, Illinois, to Mrs. Ryenson. Mr. Walter thanks her for her note praising his work and apologizes for not having seen her for some time.|
Bruno Walter [Schelsinger] was an American conductor and composer of German birth. Born into a middle-class Jewish family, Walter attended the Stern Conservatory in Berlin, initially planning to become a concert pianist. Around 1889, however, he resolved to pursue a conducting career after hearing Hans von BuÌˆlow direct an orchestra. He obtained a position as vocal coach in Cologne, making his conducting deÌ�but there in 1894 in a performance of Lortzing's Der Waffenschmied. From 1894 to 1896 he worked in Hamburg under Mahler, who profoundly influenced Walter's artistic development. Impressed by his proteÌ�geÌ�, Mahler found employment for him in Breslau in 1896, though the director there requested that Bruno Schlesinger change his name, ostensibly because Schlesinger was too common a name in Breslau, the capital of Silesia. --- Oxford Music Online. http://www.oxfordmusiconline.com/subscriber/article/grove/music/29865?q=walter%2C+bruno&source=omo_t237&source=omo_gmo&source=omo_t114&search=quick&pos=1&_start=1#firsthit Retrieved 4/21/2009.
Bruno Walter letter to Mrs. Ryenson. MS 2070. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.