Lot 702: Josef Hauer

RR Auction

2015-10-06 13:06:07

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Lot 702: Austrian composer and music theorist (1883–1959) most famous for developing a method for composing with all twelve notes of the chromatic scale. Extraordinary pair of two extremely long autograph musical manuscripts by Hauer, totaling 220 pages, 10.5 x 13.5, April 1944, and one double-sided page of colored pencil chord arrangements. The double-sided page is headed "J. M. Hauer, XV. Zwolftonspiel. Hanns Blaschke, 7 April 1944," and is written in four colors: orange, green, blue, and red. Second has a title page reading (translated), "Josef Matthias Hauer. XV. Zwolftonspiel for Orchestra with a Twelve-Tone Row…First part in 2/4 time with eight-bar periods," totaling 119 pages. Third is a "Josef Matthias Hauer. XV. Zwolftonspiel for Orchestra with a Twelve-Tone Row…Second part in 3/4 time with six-bar periods," totaling 99 pages. In overall fine condition. After 1940, Hauer dedicated himself exclusively to writing Zwolftonspiele (translated as 'Twelve-tone Games' or 'Twelve-tone Playing'), which were built on an ordered twelve-tone row, with the actual order often determined by chance. Although he wrote prolifically—composing over one thousand of these exercises—most are lost and hardly ever appear at such great length. RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 462 Wednesday, 14th October 2015 Estimate: $15000-20000
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