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First edition score of Brahms op. 103 “Zigeunerlieder” cycle of 11 gypsy songs for  Pianoforte, four hands.  The work was arranged by his friend Theodor Kirschner at the composer’s request in 1888. Kirschner also arranged the two hand solo piano version as well and published by N. Simrock, Berlin in 1888. The French pianist Marguerite Villard, a pupil of Gabriel Faure and childhood friend of Jean Massenet’s daughter Juliette writes her ownership name at the top. 

Zigeunerlieder/für/Pianoforte/zu/vier händen/von/JOHANNES BRAHMS/op. 103/Verlag und Eigenthum für alle Länder/von/N. Simrock in Berlin./1888/lith Anst v. C. G. Röder, Leipzig

Folio format with green hued charcoal grapevine motif with violin and tambourine around the edges. First page of music page 2, last page of music, page 31 with blank end page. Plate number 9028. McCorkle 420

Brahms wrote the cycle with Hungarian folks songs translated by his friend Hugo Conrat (A “Germanization” of the Jewish last name Cohn) in Vienna.  Brahms wrote the works between Summer of 1887 and January 1888 whilst on a long stay in Budapest.  The work was written as a mixed cycle of a vocal quartet and piano and solo voice and piano.  Brahms hired his friend Theodor Kirchner (1823-1903) a solid musician who had bee praised by Mendelssohn, Robert Schumann, had an affair with Clara Schumann and was also a respected friend of Brahms.  Whilst a solid organist and pianist with important posts in his career, he never got his act together as a composer and his output was far less than his promise. Much of his problem was due to gambling, drinking and high living when he had money, so he always had a hand out to his friends. He apparently was a superb arranger, so Brahms decided not to give him free money, but would assign him to write various reductions and arrangements of his works.  In the case of “Zigeunerlieder” he arranged both the 2 hand and the 4 hand versions.  With Kirschner’s work, Brahms was free to compose more original works without having to stop to write arrangements.

Overall very clean copy.  A few sparse very light age spots at the top of the cover as seen in the scan, they also appear in very small number on a relatively few of the pages.  I would not described them as fox marks.  Removed from a group binding, otherwise in excellent state.

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