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MS Thr 999

Strauss, Johann, 1825-1899. Johann Strauss letters to Josef Priester, circa 1883-1894: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Thr 999
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Strauss, Johann, 1825-1899.
Title: Letters to Josef Priester,
Date(s): 1883-1894.
Quantity: 1 collection (1 box (.3 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in German.
Abstract: Letters from Austrian composer Johann Strauss to Josef Priester.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Gift of John Milton Ward; received: 2004 July 30.

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Processed by: Michael W. Austin

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Johann Strauss Letters to Josef Priester, circa 1883-1894 (MS Thr 999). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Johann Strauss was an Austrian composer.


At some point, letters written from the same location were organized into groups, presumably by Strauss' wife, Adele Strauss, wrapped in folders, and labelled (e.g., "Schönau. Briefe von Joh. Strauss an Priester."). These groupings have been preserved and the contents left as originally arranged.

Scope and Contents

Consists of 47 letters, visiting cards, and postcards from Strauss to his friend Josef Priester. Some items include notes from Strauss' wife, Adele. Subjects include composition and performance of the works Frühlingsstimmen, Ritter Pázmán, Simplicius, and Der Zigeunerbaron; dealings with publishers and domestic events.
Most of the letters were previously believed lost or were unknown and have never been published.
Curatorial file contains extensive scholarly notes provided by dealer, including quotations and summaries of some letters' contents.

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