203
203
Balakirev, Mily
AUTOGRAPH MUSICAL QUOTATION OF THE OPENING EIGHT BARS OF THE "ORIENTAL FANTASY" FOR PIANO ISLAMEY, SIGNED AND INSCRIBED IN RUSSIAN ("ISLAMEY...M. BALAKIREV, GATCHINA, 15 JULY 1895”)
Estimate
3,0004,000
LOT SOLD. 3,750 GBP
JUMP TO LOT
203
Balakirev, Mily
AUTOGRAPH MUSICAL QUOTATION OF THE OPENING EIGHT BARS OF THE "ORIENTAL FANTASY" FOR PIANO ISLAMEY, SIGNED AND INSCRIBED IN RUSSIAN ("ISLAMEY...M. BALAKIREV, GATCHINA, 15 JULY 1895”)
Estimate
3,0004,000
LOT SOLD. 3,750 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Musical Manuscripts

|
London

Balakirev, Mily
AUTOGRAPH MUSICAL QUOTATION OF THE OPENING EIGHT BARS OF THE "ORIENTAL FANTASY" FOR PIANO ISLAMEY, SIGNED AND INSCRIBED IN RUSSIAN ("ISLAMEY...M. BALAKIREV, GATCHINA, 15 JULY 1895”)
notated in black ink for piano, the two hands on a single hand-drawn stave, and continued onto a second stave, in B-flat minor, with dynamic and articulation markings

1 page, oblong 8vo (c.10.5 x 16cm), on card, Gatchina (near St. Petersburg), 15 July 1895, careful repair to small tear


Read Condition Report Read Condition Report

Catalogue Note

RARE. Autograph music by Mily Balakirev (1837-1910) is of the greatest rarity. His "oriental fantasy" Islamey is celebrated as one of the most difficult and virtuosic works in the entire piano repertory, inspiring Borodin, Rimsky-Korsakov, Rachmaninov and Ravel. The work was first published by Schott in Mainz in 1870, and a second version in 1902.  Balakirev wrote about the theme quoted here: "I made the acquaintance of a Circassian prince, who frequently came to me and played folk tunes on his instrument, that was something like a violin. One of them, called Islamey, a dance-tune, pleased me extraordinarily and with a view to the work I had in mind on Tamara I began to arrange it for the piano" (letter to Eduard Reiss, 1892).

Musical Manuscripts

|
London