Following directly after Fine Autograph Music:
The Property of Helmut Nanz and Family (Lots 1-45, starting at 2.30 PM)
The Musical Manuscripts sale this season is notable for the variety of material on offer. This ranges from an unrecorded mid-sixteenth-century German lute tablature to complete autograph songs by Cole Porter and George Gershwin, including one from Porgy and Bess and a first edition of the opera dedicated to the conductor of the first performances; besides complete autograph numbers by Mendelssohn, Brahms (‘Es liebt sich so lieblich im Lenze’), Max Bruch (Die Loreley), Richard Strauss (2 orchestral songs, including ‘Das Rosenband’), there is also a newly-discovered leaf from Mahler’s composition draft for his Fourth Symphony.
Among the printed items are two that are each hitherto known only in a single exemplar, and both are slightly different from the known copies: one is a remarkable set of engraved proofs for the choral parts for Bach’s St Matthew Passion (1831); the other is a lithograph preserving part of a lost manuscript by Mozart (1843). There are also two fine items by Lully in contemporary bindings. Among the letters is a fine Liszt collection, deriving from his cousin Eduard Ritter von Liszt, containing autographs by the composer’s grandfather and his son Daniel, together with letters by Corelli, Rossini, Donizetti, Brahms, Johann Strauss, Verdi, Puccini, Debussy and Elgar.