Lot 12
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Liszt, Franz

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  • Liszt, Franz
  • Three autograph manuscripts, one signed ("F. Liszt")
  • paper
1) "'A la Chapelle Sixtine' 'Miserere' d'Allegri; 'Ave verum corpus' de Mozart. Evocation.", version for solo piano, signed ("F. Liszt"), a working manuscript, notated in black and red ink, on a varying number of systems per page, some staves extended into the margin by the composer, with a number of autograph alterations and corrections, some in red crayon, inscribed by Liszt at the end "esquissé durant la semaine sainte - à la Chapelle Sixtine ecrit en Octobre 62. Rom.", 7 pages, large folio (36.5 x 26cm), 24- and 28-stave paper, modern cloth-backed folder, Rome, October 1862; together with a copy of the first edition (Leipzig: Peters, [1865]) 

2) "'A la Chapelle Sixtine' 'Miserere' d'Allegri - et 'Ave Verum Corpus' - de Mozart - Evocation.", version for piano four hands, a working manuscript, notated in red and black ink, on a varying number of systems per page, with a number of autograph alterations and corrections, 7 pages, large folio (37 x 25cm), 24-stave paper, dated at the end [Rome,] October 1862

3) "Alleluia" for solo piano, written in black ink, on a varying number of staves per page, the original title "Magnificat" deleted, some annotations in blue crayon, 3 pages, large folio (37 x 25cm), wrappers with autograph (?) inscription in blue crayon "Römische Blätter 1862", [Rome,] 1862; together with loose later nineteenth-century wrapper ("F. Liszt 1) à la Chapelle Sixtine 2 u. 4 hdg Miserere d'Allegri u. Ave verum de Mozart 2) Alleluia.")


Raabe 114/LW A217 (A la Chapelle Sixtine: piano solo); Raabe 346/LW B26 (A la Chapelle Sixtine: piano four hands); Raabe 68/A216 ("Alleluia")  

Catalogue Note

THREE IMPORTANT SCORES BY LISZT, INCLUDING TWO VERSIONS OF THE CELEBRATED "A LA CHAPELLE SIXTINE". These are working manuscripts of great beauty, in the use of coloured inks and in the general layout of the score, which seems as fresh as when the composer laid down his pen.

A la Chapelle Sixtine contains transcriptions of two celebrated religious works: Allegri's Miserere and Mozart's Ave verum corpus, the first of these being specifically associated with the Sistine Chapel. At one time it was exclusively sung there, making it necessary for composers such as Mozart to exercise considerable feats of memory in order to transcribe it. The "Alleluia" is based on a plainsong setting.