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Robert Casadesus kept a meticulous record of his multiple activities as concert artist and composer, as attested to by several ‘logs’, each organised according to a different logic. These diaries reflect his daily activities in minute detail. Some very valuable autographs have also been added in this section, as well as some drawings and some pictures of personal objects.

Notebooks

Robert Casadesus kept a meticulous record of his multiple activities as concert artist and composer, as attested to by several ‘logs’.These diaries reflect his daily activities in minute detail.

Blue travel diary. 22 x 17.8 cm. / 8.6 x 7 in.
This manuscript contains frequency tables of concerts given, by country and by city. Several loose hand-written pages include a list of works given in concert (with timings), a list of favourite composers, a catalogue of works by Robert Casadesus as well as lists of works destroyed and of works recorded.
     

Spiral notebook. 25 x 20 cm / 9.8 x 7.8 in. Private collection
     
In chronological order, it contains the succession of voyages and concert tours.

1936 and 1955 diaries

On 15th September 1936, Robert Casadesus was in New York and rehearsed at Carnegie Hall at 10 a.m. The concerts, with Toscanini, took place at 8.45 p.m. and the next afternoon at 2.30.


On 15th September 1955, he was in Basle (Switzerland) and ate a fondue (see details), whilst the 17th and 18th, in Paris, he met Zino Francescatti and Dimitri Mitropoulos. A concert took place that evening at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées.


On 19th September, he recorded Beethoven’s ‘Emperor’ Concerto, Op.73 for Philips, then left for Switzerland that very evening. The landscape must have been truly ‘superb’...

 

Autographs

For his 70 years old, numeros famous conductors expressed their admiration for Robert Casadesus. Here are reproduced some letters they sent.

 
By Leopold Stokowski.

 
By John Barbirolli.

 
By Leonard Bernstein.

 
By Pierre Dervaux.

 
By Carlo Maria Giulini.

 
By Otto Klemperer.

   

By Kiril Kondrashin.

 
By Eugene Ormandy

 
By Paul Paray

 
By Georg Solti

 
by William Steinberg

 
by Frederic Waldman.




Drawings

Drawings of Robert and Gaby Casadesus


Caricature by Alfred Bendiner
The evening bulletin - Philadephia : January 28, 1943.

"Robert and Gaby Casadesus, Pianists, at Academy.
The Philadelphia Forum presented Robert and Gaby Casadesus, pianists, in a recital last night at the Academy of Music, and in doing so, gave Philadelphia one of its most purely musical evenings of the season."
Max de Schauensee


Drawing by Pierre Pasquier
Invitation card for the exhibition "Hommage à Robert Casadesus"
Exhibition from the 15 of March to the 15 of June 1999
Bibliothèque Nationale de France - site Richelieu

France Libre : June 15, 1947

"The first "Joint-Récital" in France of Robert and Gaby Casadesus
in favour of the french Croix-Rouge."

Musical America, 1950.

"All three members of the Casadesus family appeared as soloists with the New York Philarmonic-Symphony on Nov.23; at the left is Robert, and at the right are his son, Jean, and wife, Gaby.
Robert and Gaby Casadesus and their gifted 23-yeras-old son, Jean, gave a sturdy performance of Bach's D minor concerto. Mr. and Mrs. Casadesus performed the Mozart concerto with dash and elegance..."
R.S.



Objects
Some rare and familiar object belonging to Robert Casadesus.



Robert’s piano in the music room, Rue Vaneau in Paris


The hands of Robert Casadesus (bronze sculpture)


‘Edison Prize’ trophy received in Amsterdam, September 1961.


Commemorative medal engraved by Caillaux (monnaie de Paris).



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