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Paul Wittgenstein lost an arm in WWI but was determined to pursue his career and achieved a virtuosity that many two-handed players would have envied, commissioning special works from Britten, Hindemith, Richard Strauss, Prokoviev and, most notably, Ravel.

The earliest letter probably dates from 1903, when Ludwig was just a very young and sickly boy, being educated at home and writing to a slightly older brother who had just gone off to school. The correspondence ceases in 1938, when Paul fled Austria for America and, for what Brian McGuiness in his 1988 biography of Young Ludwig terms “complicated reasons”, their contact ceased.