Folio (ca. 360 x 280 mm). [i] (title), 15 pp. Notated in black ink on music paper with 16 printed staves per page.
The engraver's copy, prepared for the publishing house Alphonse Leduc.
Scored for bassoon and piano, the work begins in E minor, in 2, Andante doloroso.
First page with autograph dedication, signature, ("Henri Busser"), and date ("1939"). Final page signed "H. Busser" and dated Paris, April 15, 39. Dedicated to Gustave Dhérin, noted professor of bassoon at the Paris Conservatory. With autograph annotation "Même édition que La Chasse de St. Hubert" to lower portion of title and occasional erasures and corrections in black ink in the composer's hand.
Lower edge of first page with publisher's red handstamp, manuscript date "9" and plate number ("A.L. 19882") in an early hand in maroon ink. Handstamps of the Société des Auteurs, Compositeurs & Éditeurs de Musique, dated May 19, 1939, to first and last pages. Numerous editorial markings and minor annotations in one or more early hands in pencil and red crayon.
Slightly browned; two outer leaves and second bifolium detached, with several minor tears not affecting music; lower portion of pp. 3 and 4 with slight washing of ink, minimally affecting 1 "f" dynamic marking.
An engraved proof of the first edition of the bassoon part. Folio (ca. 350 x 270 mm). 1 page. Paris: Alphonse Leduc, 1939 [PN A.L. 19,882]. With an autograph annotation in blue crayon signed "H. Busser" to blank upper margin. Various handstamps, including "11 Mai 1939," "Corrigé," and publisher's stamp to lower margin. Slightly worn, torn and creased.
With numerous recordings available online, the Portuguesa has become a staple of the conservatory bassoonist's repertoire. Leduc also issued an undated, and probably later, version for bassoon and orchestra, of which only one copy is recorded, at the Deutsche Nationalbibliothek. Worldcat. Not in the Grove Music Online works list.
"Firmly rooted in the French 19th-century tradition, Büsser’s symphonic and choral writing is indebted to Gounod and Saint-Saëns. He is best known, however, for his dramatic works, which betray Wagner's impact in both their form and their use of the orchestra. The influence of Debussy, whose advice Büsser sought over the opera that became his most successful, Colomba (c1902–10), is also evident in certain harmonic procedures and in an acute sensitivity to orchestral colour. The ballets, such as the light-hearted La ronde des saisons (1905) with its amusing descriptive touches, provide further evidence of his keen dramatic sense." Barbara L. Kelly in Grove Music Online. Item #25158
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