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Alexandre Grus editor, Chabal printer 1840 printing of the compilation, “6 Valses et une Marche Funébre pour le Piano”.  The first waltz in this score is a revised version of the original one published by Schott in 1828. The score bears a curious stipple engraving on the verso of the frontispiece of a period scene with what appears to be slaves at work at a tropical coastal harbor.  Completely out of place for the work.  Probable first edition of the first waltz, in a new arrangement to circumvent the Schott copyright.

 

 Frontispiece:

6/VALSES/ ET UNE MARCHE FUNÉBRE/POUR/LE PIANO./ PAR/L.V.BEETHOVEN./A.V./Prix: 5 p/A PARIS, chez Alex. GRUS, Editeur de Musique, Boulevard Bonne Nouvelle, 31 en face le Gymnase./ Abonnement de Lecture Musicale/ Bears the A. Grus stamp.

Contents: 20 pages, with decorative advertising detached wrapper printed on first page.

 

 Frontispiece Verso:

Stipple engraving of a coastal cove scene probably in a tropical locale, with slaves of African origin conducting their daily work, two ships are moored in the cove and two large weeping willows are a focal point.  The monogram AB is on the bottom right.

 

Contents:

13 total pages, 7 leaves, first sheet of music is labeled page 1.  Bottom left, CHABAL. Boulevard des Italiens No. 10, Plate C. 36. End paper is blank. The first Waltz is named “Le Desir” the balance just by numbers.  The original Beethoven work is at the end as Waltz 7.

 

This specific printing is not mentioned in Kinsky.  The work, which is listed in Kinsky as Anhang 14, was originally published after Beethoven’s death in 1828 by Schott.  What is known is Franz Schubert wrote the first of the Waltzes based upon the theme of the funeral march from Beethoven’s op. 26 Piano Sonata, the other composers are quite unknown. The waltzes themselves were all written prior to Beethoven’s death however not grouped together in a compendium. Schott printed the combined work as “Sechs Walzer für Klavier” in Mainz and “6 Valses et une Marche Funébre pour le Piano” in Paris.  Between 1828 and 1900 the work received some 70 printings.  What makes this specific edition interesting is the first waltz in this printing by Grus labeled “Le Desir” is a different arrangement from the Schott version with Schubert’s Waltz. The Schott edition in 1840 would have still been under copyright.  Grus commissioned a revised version of the Schubert waltz, the other waltzes remain in tact from the Schott edition.  This specific edition is not contained in the main Beethoven thematic catalog Kinsky. 

 

The edition was edited and sold by Alexandre Grus (1810-1871) and printed by Chabal.  Grus opened his shop in 1832 at 60 Rue Saint Louis.  In 1840 they moved to 31 Boulevard Bonne-Nouvelle as listed in this score.  Interestingly, this edition was printed by Chabal, a brand new firm in 1840 who printed prolifically in their first year, reaching plate 91 by 1841.  Grus became an important Parisian music publisher which ran through 1933 by both he, his son Leon and his grandson Lucien.  They were big enough to swallow Verdi’s French publisher Leon Escudier in 1882, as well as Hielard in 1893 and Catelin.  They were sold to Lemoine in 1933 well after the death of Lucien.

 

Frontispiece separated, last page separated.  Some age toning as seen in scans and damp marks at the bottom center.  Otherwise fine.  Interesting and unusual!