Oblong small folio (295 x 230 mm). Disbound. [i] (title), 16, [v] (blank) pp. No watermark. [i] (blank), 11 pp. Signature of 4 bifolia and 3 single leaves. Notated in brown ink on 10-stave hand-ruled paper. Unsigned and undated, but ca. 1820-30.
A fair copy with occasional corrections in the copyist's hand. Eight measures of the final variation inadvertently omitted and added at the end, with an asterisk as a reference. Several errors left standing, such as the double anacrusis to Variation 4, which should be 16th notes but has one beam only.
Some show-through; minor stains and smudges.
Most probably a copy of the first edition published in Paris (no publisher [plate number 140X], no date [?1820s]) and available "chez tous les marchands de musique." The close relationship is first and foremost suggested by the fingerings, which are faithfully copied from the printed edition.
An "Austrian pianist, composer, and teacher, active in France... Herz became one of the most famous virtuosos and popular composers in Paris in the 1830s and 40s. He travelled widely, touring the European continent (including Russia), South America and the USA, which he crossed three times (1845–51), and wrote a memoir of his experiences. His compositions consist largely of variations and fantasies on themes by other composers, but they also include eight piano concertos, various dances, salon pieces and exercises, amounting to some 225 works with opus numbers, and the same number again without." Stephan D. Lindeman in Grove Music Online. Item #27180
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