1 page, 123 x 62 mm., cut from a larger sheet of music manuscript paper.
Notated in ink. Inscribed, and signed: "Autograph to Mr Kenneth Griffith by Arnold Schoenberg." Dated July 11, 1942.
An early, thus far unrecorded, musical autograph of the work. Schoenberg began writing the short score just the day before. The present autograph matches the final version.
"Schönberg's Piano Concerto, op. 42, which was originally commissioned by his former student Oscar Levant, is conceived as a single-movement form displaying the characteristics of a multimovement sonata cycle. Like the program of the concerto it divides into four parts. The opening melody of the Concerto, lasting thirty-nine bars, presents the four modes of the tone row in the following order: basic set, inversion of retrograde, retrograde, and inversion... The manuscript includes the four parts of the programme (which - according to Schönberg scholarship - is clearly autobiographical), each accompanied by a musical example from one of the four sections of the concerto. The first statement of the programme [is] 'Life was so easy.' " Website of the Arnold Schönberg Center, Vienna. Item #24408
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