Sunday, February 06, 2011

Letter of recommendation – Giacomo Meyerbeer

In 1839, a young German composer went to Paris in search of glory.

In Paris he met a prominent musician Giacomo Meyerbeer (1791-1864) who kindly received him and patiently listened to all of his compositions. After that, Meyerbeer wrote a letter of recommendation to the Director of the Paris Opera.

In the letter, which was found many years later, Meyerbeer wrote: "Please take this imbecile off my hands!"

And do you know who was this so-called “imbecile”?

Richard Wagner, the famous German composer.

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