Lot 715: Fantastic twice-signed autograph manuscript in French, 78 single-sided pages in a red spiral notebook, 7 x 8.5, signed and labeled on the front cover in fountain pen, "Francis Poulenc, I, Chabrier," and again signed and titled on the first page, "Francis Poulenc, Emmanuel Chabrier, 1959." A lengthy section of Chabrier's draft for his biography of the composer Emmanuel Chabrier, published in 1961 by La Palatine, Paris. This draft comprises the preface, introductory "Portrait de Chabrier," and first two chapters. In fine condition. Poulenc's manuscript is unusual for a biography in its subjectivity as he describes in detail his admiration for Chabrier's music from youth. The published work, filled with warmth, enthusiasm, and linguistic beauty, amounted to 187 pages. The 'Idylle' of Chabrier's piano cycle Pieces Pittoresques greatly influenced Poulenc, and Chabrier was also widely admired by the early modern composers—the likes of Debussy, Ravel, and Satie. An exceptionally desirable manuscript of one great French composer's intimate reflections upon his forerunner.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 462
Wednesday, 14th October 2015
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