Lot 196
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Strauss, Richard

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  • Strauss, Richard
  • Autograph sketch leaf for the Second Horn Concerto in E flat major, signed in ink
  • paper
the short-score sketch of an orchestral tutti for the opening Allegro of the concerto, an early draft containing significant differences from the final version, written in pencil on three systems of up to three staves, a passage of seventeen bars in all, signed and inscribed by the composer above the music in brown ink ("Skizze zum 2.Hornconzert....DRichardStrauss") and dedicated by him inscribed on the verso ("...Herrn Oberlandesgerichtsrat Müller, zur Erinnerung  Garmisch, 18.7.44")

2 pages, c.12 x 29cms, cut from a larger leaf, 8 staves, framed and glazed on both sides, [c.1942], creasing at folds

Catalogue Note

The Second Horn Concerto dates from 1942 and was the first of the fine lyrical orchestral works from Strauss's final period.  This is evidently a sketch for a full orchestral tutti in the first movement Allegro, although the music is continuous and there are no strict divisions. The themes and textures are similar to the tutti found near the close of the Allegro in the final version (at Figure 15), but, whereas that marks the return to the home key, in this draft the home key is only reached at the end of the manuscript.