LISZT Franz (1811-1886)

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LISZT Franz (1811-1886)

MANUSCRIT MUSICAL autograph signed " F. Liszt ", Dunkerque 19 November [1840] ; 2 pages in-fol. (32 x 23.5 cm; some slight cracks very well repaired).

Conclusion of an unpublished transcription for piano of the Konzertstück by Carl-Maria von WEBER.

This unknown transcription dates from 1840; a pencil note on the back, partly erased, indicates that this manuscript was given by Liszt to the cellist Alexandre BATTA (1815-1902). Liszt stayed for eight days in Dunkirk, from November 15 to 23, 1840, in an inn room where Marie d'Agoult had come to join him, before Liszt embarked on a long tour of England and Ireland, during which he played Weber's Konzertstück at least twice: on December 1 in Liverpool, and on the 18th in Dublin. On 29 December, Marie d'Agoult wrote to Liszt that Batta "cannot make any concert commitments because he has to play all yours".

On two sheets of 10-line paper (fi ligured with a bell and the initials HP) written on the front, in brown ink, the manuscript contains 7 systems of two staves, and counts 21 measures (plus a reprise of 3 measures).

It is known that Liszt made a transcription for solo piano of the famous Konzertstück op. 79 for piano and orchestra by Carl-Maria von WEBER (S576a) for the publisher Cotta in Stuttgart in 1868, and that a little later he made his own version of the piano part (S367a). This manuscript reveals an earlier, previously unknown version, freer from the original than the 1868 version; very virtuosic, it presents the end of the work, starting at bar 260.
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