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Delius, Frederick
AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT OF PART OF THE STRING QUARTET IN C MINOR, COMPRISING THE TWO HITHERTO-UNKNOWN OPENING MOVEMENTS, UNSIGNED BUT DATED ABOVE THE MUSIC ("1888-"), WITH OTHER SKETCHES
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Delius, Frederick
AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT OF PART OF THE STRING QUARTET IN C MINOR, COMPRISING THE TWO HITHERTO-UNKNOWN OPENING MOVEMENTS, UNSIGNED BUT DATED ABOVE THE MUSIC ("1888-"), WITH OTHER SKETCHES
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Delius, Frederick
AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT OF PART OF THE STRING QUARTET IN C MINOR, COMPRISING THE TWO HITHERTO-UNKNOWN OPENING MOVEMENTS, UNSIGNED BUT DATED ABOVE THE MUSIC ("1888-"), WITH OTHER SKETCHES
two opening movements complete, the first unknown, the second almost completely unknown, written in dark brown (almost black) ink on four systems of four staves each, with extensive revisions, deletions and alterations in ink and pencil, including the conclusion to both movements rewritten, Delius's dating "1888-1891", partly deleted in pencil.

1) "Allegro assai" in 4/4 metre, C minor, 13 pages, paginated 1-13, one leaf inserted containing a revised ending
2) "Allegro vivace" in 3/4 metre, G minor, 10 pages, paginated 14-21, including a revised version of pp.18 & 19
3) three pages of pencil sketches, some on four-stave systems, in 3/8, 3/4 and 6/8 metres

24 pages, folio (c.35 x 27cm), 16-stave quartet paper, one gathering of five bifolia with an inserted leaf (pp.11/12) and bifolio (pp.18-21), 1888, lower margins affected by damp, some flaking in the second half of the manuscript, affecting text on the lowest stave


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Literature

R. Threlfall, A Catalogue of the Compositions of Frederick Delius (1977), VIII/1;  Oxford Catalogue of Works [DCW Appendix 11]

Catalogue Note

UNPUBLISHED. Delius's String Quartet in C minor has up to now remained incomplete.  Only the third and fourth movements (both in C minor), are already known: in the British Library, MS Mus. 1745/1/35, ff.1-6. ("Lacking the first movement and most of the second movement"). The BL manuscript contains only eleven bars of the second movement, a different briefer ending.  Although written on very similar paper to BL MS Mus. 1745/1/35, the present manuscript does not seem to be merely an early part of it, but instead represents a different draft or stage of composition.  There are two different endings to the second movement, both apparently longer than in the BL manuscript, which therefore does not seem to follow on from it.

The pencil sketches at the end of the manuscript include music in 6/8, probably for the final "Agitato, Allegro" in 6/8 found in the BL manuscript. and the second movement.  There is also material which Delius later used in the 'Scherzo' movement of the revised version of the 1916 String Quartet, [Threlfall VIII/8].  The alteration to the date over the opening, which originally read "1888-1891", may shed some light on the various references to string quartets from the following years [Threlfall, p.175; VIII/4] 

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