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First two conductors of the Symphony
Boston Symphony Conductors -- George Henschel and Wilhelm Gerick

Boston Symphony Orchestra – the first two conductors of the Orchestra, with autograph letters signed. 1) Sir George Henschel – a single page ALS September 1887 on personal stationery from Kensington informing a friend that he and his wife moved into their new home and inquiring about summer plans. Henschel was a German born British composer and conductor. He served as the Symphony’s first Music Director/Conductor from 1881-1884. There was some minor mounting or tape remnants in the blank corners. 2) Wilhelm Gericke – an untranslated 2 page letter on a 4.5 x 7 bifolium sheet. There is a slight loss of paper on the lower right edge of the 1st page (lower left of the 2nd). Gericke was an Austrian composer and Kapellmeister of the Vienna State Opera. He served as Music Director/Conductor from 1884 -1889 with a return from 1898-1906. [#5088]