Four fugues for keyboard based on hymns. Autograph musical manuscript signed and dated 1864 on final page. Simon SECHTER.

Four fugues for keyboard based on hymns. Autograph musical manuscript signed and dated 1864 on final page.

Oblong bifolium, 244 x 314 mm. (9.31" x 12.19"). Unbound. 4 pp. Notated in dark brown ink on 9-stave wove paper.

The hymns on which these fugues are based include:

1. Es hat uns Christus, der Herr, im Spiegel seines Erdenlebens offenbart, was wir sind, was wir seyn sollen. 42 measures. In A minor, with titling.

2. Der Geist ist wesentliche, bleibende Theil des Menschen. 48 measures. In F major, with titling.

3. Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen, du Herr der Heerscharen! (Psalm 84). 46 measures. In C major, with titling.

4. Die Schicksale sind nur Sendungen Gottes. 46 measures. In G manor, with titling.

The Swiss autograph collector Max Reis (1904-1980), sold at the Erasmushaus/Haus der Bücher/J.A. Stargardt sale in Basel, Switzerland on October 8, 1994, lot 226.

Slightly browned; some offsetting and smudging. In very good condition overall.

Despite the considerable number of works composed by Sechter, his autograph manuscripts are quite rare to the market. According to the Rare Book Hub data base (auction prices of both sold and unsold books and manuscripts), this is only one of five Sechter autograph manuscripts offered for sale at auction since 1912. Most known manuscripts are held in Vienna by the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde, the Austrian National Library, and the archive of the Blindenerziehungsinstitut.

An Austrian theorist, composer, conductor, and organist, "Sechter was appointed professor of thoroughbass and counterpoint at the Vienna Conservatory. Bruckner studied with Sechter, 1855–61, eventually succeeding him at the conservatory and passing on his methods... A prolific composer, Sechter was said to have written a fugue every day. He apparently wrote more than 8000 pieces, of which the masses and oratorios written after 1825 became the best-known. His compositions exemplify the harmonic progressions he advocated in his treatises." Janna Saslaw in Grove Music Online.

Sechter was the most influential Viennese music theorist of the 19th century.

Item #31187

Price: $4,200.00  other currencies

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