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Autographed and inscribed folio first edition score of his solo piano work “Trois Berceuses pour piano”, op. 8.  Casadesus has dedicated the work in the top right corner of the wrapper to a pupil, To Simone Judenstein in memory of  her years of study, In friendship, Robert Casadesus, Feb. 1934.

ROBERT CASADESUS/TROISBERCEUSES/pour piano/Prix net 15 fr./Majoration comprise/R. DEISS EDITEUR, 31 rue Meslay, Paris IIIͤ /(pan logo) DEISS EDITEUR Wrapper cover on heavy gauge stock with Casadesus dedication at top right in fountain pen, back of wrapper blank, frontispiece, a repeat of the wrapper, back of frontispiece blank.  First page of music is numbered page 1, with the first Berceuse dedicated to his son, Jean Casadesus, Copyright 1932, plate R.D.5741.  Note to bottom right copyright is also in effect in Sweden, Norway and Denmark.  Berceuse I concludes on page 4, Berceuse II dedicated to Violette d’Auriol begins on page 5 and concludes on page 6, Berceuse III is dedicated to Jean-Píerre Bret and begins on page 7 and concludes on page 8.  The music is followed by a blank page and then a blank wrapper.  The score was published with string binding at the center.

Robert Casadesus (1899-1972) was certainly the most famous of a family of legendary musicians.  He was also one of the most in-demand piano recitalists and concert artists of  the 20th Century, as well as a prolific recording artist.  He studied piano with Louis Diémer at the Paris Conservatoire, studied harmony and fugue with Xavier Leroux and studied composition with violinist-composer Lucien Capet whom he knew from childhood as his uncles performed in his string quartet. Casadesus won a first in pianoforte in 1913 and a first in harmony in 1919.  His recital debut was in 1917.  He then informally studied composition with Maurice Ravel and interestingly gave the first all-Ravel piano recital.  Whilst his recorded legacy lives on through endless reissues, particularly on the CBS label, what is not well known is the fact he was a busy composer with 68 published works including 7 symphonies, 3 concertos for piano and orchestra, a konzertstücke for piano and chamber orchestra and a concerto for 3 pianos and orchestra.  He also wrote concertos for both large and chamber orchestras for flute and separately for cello.  He also published works for chorus and orchestra, chamber music, works for piano and solo instrument, as well as works for solo instrument.  “Trois Berceuses” op. 8 was his third solo piano work began in 1926 and not completed until 1931 and published in 1932.

Simone Judenstein (1915-1996) was a pupil of both Robert and his wife Gaby at the Ecole Americaine de Musique, Fontainebleau. Gaby and Robert both taught in an ad hoc basis at the Conservatory at the Ecole Americaine, where Robert succeeded Isidor Philipp as head of the department in 1935.  His uncle the composer-conductor Francis Casadesus, the eldest of the second generation of the family ran the school.  Later Robert and Gaby who were in America on a tour that never ended in 1935 would take over the Summer program of the Conservatory in Newport, Rhode Island.  Judenstein who was represented would change her professional name during the war to Sandrine Augeard.  Prior to the War, she was represented by the famous Parisian artist’s manager Alfred Lyon.  It is not well known what happened to her during the War, however, she appears in 1947 song catalogs as a composer.  Augeard also was a repetiteur at the Paris Opera and is credited in that role in the 1948 Cluytens led “Le Contes d’Hoffmann” with Raoul Jobin, Rene Doria, Vina Bovy and Géorí Boue.  She later was the Cheffe des Choers at the Theatre d’Angers. 

The score has some very light stains at the edges as seen in the scan, else fine.