Lot 772: Exceptional handwritten musical manuscript, unsigned, one page both sides, 9.25 x 12.5, May 1816. Working manuscript for "Minnelied" and "Die fruhe Liebe," with autograph corrections and alterations to the music and to the words. The three remaining verses of the second song are written out by the composer beneath the staves, being the complete first drafts of the settings of two poems by Ludwig Christoph Heinrich Holty. Annotated at each title by the publisher C. A. Spina, "nicht gest[ochen]," numbered in red crayon by Anton Diabelli, with extensive musicological notes by the scholar Johannes Wolf. In very good to fine condition, with small edge tears. Accompanied by a custom-made presentation folder.
These songs were first published in the complete edition of Schubert's works in 1885; the present leaf originally formed part of a longer manuscript containing the songs 'Seligkeit,' 'Blumenlied,' 'Klage,' 'Der Leidende,' and a canon which sold at Sotheby's, London, on Dec. 6, 1991. When Schubert wrote these pieces he was just nineteen years old and beginning to pursue publishing his first works. None of his pieces had been performed in public beyond small gatherings at the homes of his friends, which became known as 'Schubertiades.' An extraordinary early piece.
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Wednesday, 10th February 2016
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