Lot 4
  • 4

Brahms, Johannes

Estimate
8,000 - 12,000 GBP
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Description

  • Brahms, Johannes
  • Autograph musical quotation from the "Haydn Variations" op.56, signed
  • paper
the opening three bars of Variation IV, here inscribed, "Andante...zu freundlicher Erinnerung, J. Brahms, Wien Okt 83", notated in short score on two staves, in brown ink,

1 page, 15.2 x 14.4cm, Vienna, October 1883, light overall browning, trace of mounting on verso

Condition

Condition is described in the main body of the cataloguing, where appropriate
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
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Catalogue Note

Variationen ├╝ber ein Thema von Jos. Haydn are among Brahms' best-loved orchestral works, and one of the most significant composed before the four symphonies. They were written in 1873 and published by Simrock in 1874, for orchestra as op.56a, and in the composer's own version for two pianos as op.56b. In the orchestral version the three parts written here are played by oboe and horn, viola, cello and double bass. The attribution of the theme to Haydn is incorrect and these variations are known today as Variations on the "St Anthony Chorale".