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Reynaldo Hahn Letters and Manuscripts

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Hahn, Reynaldo, 1875-1947

Reynaldo Hahn was a French composer of the fin de siècle. Born in Caracas, Venezuela to Elena Maria Echenaguera and the German merchant Carlos Hahn, Hahn grew up in Paris from age three. He attained instant fame in 1888 with his musical version of Si mes vers avaient des ailes, a poem by Victor Hugo. Between 1894-1896 Hahn had a romantic relationship with Marcel Proust and maintained a close friendship until Proust death in 1922. During World War II, Hahn was forced into hiding during the Nazi occupation of Paris. He returned to the city in 1945 and died there two years later.

Hélène Vacaresco was a Romanian-French writer and laureate of the Académie française. She was a permanent delegate to the League of Nations in 1925-26 and the only woman to serve with the rank of ambassador (permanent delegate).

This collection consists primarily of letters written by Reynaldo Hahn. The largest body of letters is addressed to Hélène Vacaresco, totaling 42 distinct letters from Hahn. Also present are letters to Hélène's mother, Euphrosine Vacaresco (Eufrosina Fălcoianu). Other recipients include Alfred de Vigny, Albert Gavy-Bélédin, Sully Prudhomme, René Peter, Paul Hervieu, Daniel Halévy, Julia Alphonse Daudet, Lucien Daudet, Robert Brussel, and other unidentified individuals. Additionally, non-correspondence materials include a manuscript regarding César Franck, personalized calling cards annotated by Hahn, a title page of a musical composition titled, "Adieu", a manuscript signed by journalist René Brest, and a musical manuscript signed by Hahn, La Nuit.

Organized in the following series: Series 1: Correspondence, Series 2: Additional Materials.

Purchase, 2011 (AM 2011-32). Purchase, 2012 (AM 2012-94). Purchase, 2016 (AM 2016-60). Purchased by Rubén Gallo on behalf of PUL through Ader Nordmann, 2015 (AM 2019-83). Purchased by Richard Linenthal on behalf of PUL, 2019 (AM 2020-50).

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This collection was processed by Regine Heberlein and Jill Baron in September 2010 and May 2012, respectively. Finding aid written by Regine Heberlein and Jill Baron in September 2010 and May 2012.

The Finding aid was updated by Elvia Arroyo-Ramirez in February 2016.

The Finding aid was updated by Armando Suarez in February 2019.

The Finding aid was updated by Armando Suarez in January 2020.

Nothing was removed from the 2016 acquisition.

Publisher
Manuscripts Division
Finding Aid Author
Elvia Arroyo-Ramirez, Armando Suarez
Finding Aid Date
2016
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Collection Inventory

Scope and Contents

Correspondence to various recipients from Hahn.

Physical Description

1 box

Fălcoianu, Eufrosina (Madame Vacaresco), 1916. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Gavy-Bélédin, Albert, 1911-1932. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Mariotte, A., 1937. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Prudhomme, Sully, undated. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Schneider, L., 1923. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Vacaresco, Hélène, 1916-1945. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Vigny, Alfred de, undated. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Unknown Recipients, 1923-1930. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Includes seven letters mostly addressed to "cher ami"; one postcard; two letters addressed to "Chatelain" (undated, 1923); one letter to an unidentified "Docteur," nicknamed "divin Indra,"; one letter to "Mademoiselle et amie," dated March 3, 1930; one letter to an unidentified member of the Vacaresco family in English; one menu card; and one unidentified letter.

Physical Description

1 folder

René Peter, 1900 February. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

L.A.S., Rome [février 1900, à l'écrivain René Peter]; 8 pages in-8 à en-tête et vignette du Grand Hôtel Quirinal (dealer's description).

Physical Description

1 folder

Paul Hervieu, 1900 February. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

L.A.S., [février 1900], à Paul Hervieu; 4 pages in-8 (dealer's description).

Physical Description

1 folder

Daniel Halévy, 1923 June. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

L.A.S., [juin 1923, à Daniel Halévy]; 2 pages in-8 (dealer's description).

Physical Description

1 folder

Julia Alphonse Daudet, 1931 April. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

L.A.S. "Reynaldo", Lundi [avril 1931, à Julia Alphonse Daudet]; 5 pages petit in-4 (dealer's description).

Physical Description

1 folder

Lucien Daudet, circa 1938. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

L.A.S "Rdo", [vers 1938, à Lucien Daudet]; 2 pages in-8 (un peu froissée); (dealer's description).

Physical Description

1 folder

Various letters, circa 1900s-1920s. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Consists of about nineteen autograph letters signed ("Reynaldo Hahn"; "RH."), including to the columnist Robert Brussel and committee of the "Quarante-Cinq" praising the violinist Jacques Thibaud, mentioning Saint-Saëns and Madame de Béarn, discussing his ballet Le bal de Béatrice d'Este, offering lengthy advice to Brussel as to how he should approach his craft, and other matters (auction lot description).

Physical Description

1 folder

Arrangement

Alphabetically.

Scope and Contents

Includes few non-correspondence materials.

Physical Description

1 box

Calling Cards, undated. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Cards include five autograph notes. Two are signed with Hahn's initials.

Physical Description

1 folder

Manuscript Regarding César Franck, undated. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Signed by Hahn.

Physical Description

1 folder

Title Page of a Musical Composition, "Adieu", 1898. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Folder includes sheet of doodles and notes in Hahn's hand.

Physical Description

1 folder

Manuscript signed by journalist René Brest, 1931. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Manuscrit autographe signé par le journaliste René Brest, La musique et le cinéma, avec corrections et ajouts autographes de Reynaldo Hahn, [1931]; 3 pages in-4 sur papier jaune (dealer's description).

Physical Description

1 folder

Musical manuscript, La Nuit, 1898. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Manuscrit musical autographe signé, La Nuit, [1898]; 4 pages et demie in-fol (dealer's description).

Physical Description

1 folder

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