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Dohnányi, Ernst von

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  • Dohnányi, Ernst von
  • Autograph manuscript vocal score of the comic opera Der Tenor, Op.34
  • paper
THE STICHVORLAGE, a working manuscript of the complete opera in three acts, notated in blue-black ink over an original erased pencil layer, on systems of varying size, with autograph title-page ("Der Tenor Komische Oper in drei Akten nach der Komödie "Bürger Schippel" Text von Ernst Goth. Musik von Ernst von Dohnányi. op. 34. Klavierauszug."), list of characters and index, marked up by and for the printer in blue crayon, with many autograph cancellations, revisions and alterations, some revisions written on strips of music paper and laid down

220 pages, folio (35 x 26.5cm), plus 3 pages of preliminaries, mostly single leaves, dated at the end Budapest, 2 August 1920, a few small tears to edges

Catalogue Note

THE MOST SUBSTANTIAL AUTOGRAPH BY DOHNANYI TO BE OFFERED AT AUCTION IN MODERN TIMES. Dohnányi was the most most influential Hungarian musician after Liszt, and an accomplished composer in all musical genres. Der Tenor, which received its première in Budapest on 9 February 1929, is generally regarded as Dohnányi's finest opera, and is one of the few true comic operas of the twentieth century (TNG). The vocal score was published in Budapest and Berlin in 1928.