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Méhul, Étienne
AUTOGRAPH WORKING MANUSCRIPT OF TWO CHORUSES FROM THE ONE-ACT OPERA UTHAL,
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6,0008,000
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Méhul, Étienne
AUTOGRAPH WORKING MANUSCRIPT OF TWO CHORUSES FROM THE ONE-ACT OPERA UTHAL,
Estimate
6,0008,000
LOT SOLD. 6,250 GBP
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Méhul, Étienne
AUTOGRAPH WORKING MANUSCRIPT OF TWO CHORUSES FROM THE ONE-ACT OPERA UTHAL,
the complete full score of the choruses for voices and orchestra, together with shorter drafts of the opening aria, notated without violins, written in dark brown ink, with many deletions, revisions and alterations, some in pencil, including: 

1) [Larmor's air "Ombres de mes ayeux"], four short-score drafts for the opening of No.1, the instrumental parts, notated on four systems of up to five staves each, with Larmor's vocal line (without words) added on the fifth stave of the first two systems, 1 page, folio 

2) [Chorus of Bards] "Uthal NoChoeur: Nous aimons les combats", the full score notated on 12 staves per page, the opening two bars deleted ("Nous bravons les tempêtes"), with instrumentation: "quintes [ie violas], fl[utes], h[autbois], cl[arinettes], cors, b[assons], b[asse], timb[ales] en ut"), 6 pages 

3) [Chorus of Morven's soldiers] "No8 [Choeur] Réjouis-toi Morven", the full score notated on 15 staves per page, in a similar orchestration without violins, 16 pages

23 pages, folio (c.35 x 26cm), 20-stave paper, some browning, uncut with minor tears to edges


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RARE: autograph music by Méhul (1763-1817) is very rare at auction: the only other example was in 1983 (another fragment of Uthal).  Méhul was the most important opera composer of the French Revolution and the first to be described as "Romantic".  He composed Uthal in 1806 to a libretto based on the poems of James Macpherson, evoking the mythical Gaelic World of Ossian and its imaginary Bardic culture (which, though completely bogus, had gained great popularity in France). There are no violins in the score of the opera, only violas ("quintes") - an adventurous orchestration which impressed Berlioz.  The passages in Méhul's manuscript can be found in the contemporary Chérubini full scores (plate 462) on pages 18, 40-44 and 130-139.

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