comprising the opening of the work and later sections, including the Theme and first and fifth variations complete, together with part of the second, fourth and sixth variations, notated in brown ink on three four-stave systems, a working manuscript in places, with some deletions and alterations, September 1818,
4 pages, oblong 4to (c.22 x 30 and 24 x 29cms), 12-stave paper, the two leaves secured at the hinge with tape, the foot of the first leaf cut away, light creasing to the first leaf,
Schubert's Variations Op.10 were published in 1822 with a dedication to Beethoven. The autograph manuscript was dispersed and partly lost after an auction in Paris in 1935. Other leaves now survive at the Sibley Library at Rochester NY, Paris and St Petersburg.
The present manuscript comprises the first and third leaves of Schubert's first composing draft (the second leaf is at Rochester, NY), bearing his title and signature, with the main Theme complete, and parts of five out of the eight variations, together with the composer's autograph title and signature. The fourth variation is also almost complete, lacking the first five bars.
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