MANUSCRIT MUSICAL autograph signed, Grand Duo pour 2 pianos d'après les duos pour piano et orgue op. 8 (1857) ;title and 63 pages oblong in-4 ;
manuscript of one of Saint-Saëns's first works, for two pianos.
Saint-Saëns' opus 8, published in 1858 by the publisher Girod, is a collection of Six Duos for harmonium and piano, dedicated to the organist Louis James Alfred Lefébure-Wély; the piano part is very virtuosic. Of these Six Duos, Saint-Saëns will set aside the Cavatina (2) and the Capriccio (4), too obviously intended for harmonium or organ, and perhaps too picturesque in character, to make his Grand Duo for two pianos, of a classical construction resembling
the sonata form.
The manuscript is written in black ink on 16-line oblong bifold sheets of paper, with a collage of fragments of the printed score of the Six Duos. After the title, the manuscript
is composed as follows
:I. Fantasy and
Fugue (22 p.);
2. chorale, marked Agitato
3. Scherzo, Presto
4. Finale, marked Allegro (