GOUNOD Charles (1818-1893)

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GOUNOD Charles (1818-1893)

L.A.S. "Ch. Gounod", [April ? 1852], to Ivan TOURGUENIEV; 2 pages in-8, dry stamp of the Collection Viardot.
Announcement of his next marriage.
"You will perhaps laugh about it? [...] I'm getting married. I am marrying one of ZIMMERMANN's daughters: she is 23 years old, she is good, very good, one could not be better brought up, full of sense, judgment, good and noble feelings, and I believe her to have the qualities of character to make the happiness of the inner life - the future will say if I have done well: in any case I have acted with as much tranquility and measure as I could have put into it, and with the certainty of uniting my life to an excellent nature. The whole family receives me in its bosom with all the cordiality that is desirable. ...] My mother is extremely happy with this alliance, as are our excellent friends VIARDOT, who have known my new family for so long and who think only good things about it and think very highly of it".... He hopes that Turgenev has received "my little musical donkey" ... Next week he will enter "the study of the Ulysses choirs", hoping that the performance will take place at the end of May: "I will give you news about the fate of this second musical attempt at theatre: I don't know at all what to expect from it". He bids him farewell, urging him to make masterpieces: "Don't fall asleep in opulence: announce successes to us" . On May 31, 1852, Gounod will marry Anna ZIMMERMAN, one of the daughters of the famous professor at the Conservatory. In the meantime, following gossip, the Zimmermans had forced Gounod to return to Pauline
Viardot his wedding present, thus confusing him with the woman who had been his friend and protector].
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