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           HENRY CHARLES LITOLFF - PIANIST/COMPOSER

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NEAR MINT CONDITION

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28 bar unpublished autographed musical fragment of a vocalize excersize marked Allegro energico by the British composer 1838, on the verso a 22 bar piano piece marked Andantino by French composer Ambroise Thomas.  The page was extracted from an album of long musical quotations.  Exercises such as this were not uncommon in France and were typically used as demonstrations for contests of the young composers ability to write working harmonies.  The Litolff (1818-1891) piece is most interesting, as he was just a 20 year old concert pianist at the time, three years after he left the tutelage of Ignaz Moscheles and two years after he ran to Paris to escape the wrath of his parents for marrying a girl they believed not to be in his best interest.  While in Paris, he became part of the “Pianopolis” and was a close friend to Liszt, Berlioz, Chopin and many other important luminaries of his day.  The bulk of Litolff’s published output occurred from the 1840’s through the 1870’s, his 2nd Concerto Symphonique op. 22 completed in 1846.  His Opera “Robespierre” was written in 1856 and his known oratorios were finished in the late 1860’s and 1870’s. Litolff was one of Hans von Bülow’s earliest piano instructors and later became a music publisher and is responsible for the first “popular” priced series of the great piano works of his day.  The Scherzo from his fourth Concerto Symphonique is an enduring work which remains in today’s repertoire and was championed and recorded by the likes of Shura Cherkassky, Moura Lympany, Philipe Entremont, Leonard Pennario and others.

 

Ambroise Thomas, (1811-1896) is best known as the composer of the operas “Mignon,” “Hamlet,” and “Le  songe d’une nuit d’été.”  However, he was a prolific composer in many other areas including other operas, ballets, chamber and solo works.  As the piece is of the same vintage as the Litolff, it is also an early work, though he did publish his first opera in 1837.

 

We include a lithographed caricature of Litolff from an 1875 copy of “Le Trombinoscpe,” the French musical journal which is accompanied by 2 page story about the composer-pianist.

 

Perfect for display!

 

In superb state, save one small corner tear bottom left which does not effect either manuscript.

           AMBROISE THOMAS - COMPOSER