Folio (345 x 270 mm.). Unbound.  (autograph title), 2-14 pp. Notated in dark brown ink on printed 12-stave "B. & H. No. 1. A." music paper.
With autograph dedication to the composer's pupil "Mademoiselle Sophie Poznańska" and descriptions of the five pieces to title, each identified by the Russian letter corresponding to the letters of the dedicatee's first name:
S: Andante con moto in F minor
O: Allegretto in Db major
F: Tempo di Mazurka in Ab major
I: Adagio in C minor
E: Allegro non troppo in F major
Several corrections; editorial markings and annotations in lead, red, and blue pencil.
Slightly worn, soiled and browned; some offsetting; several small paper repairs.
The present manuscript was, in all likelihood, the Stichvorlage used by the printer to prepare the published edition issued by Senff in Leipzig in 1890. Sitsky p. 182. Bowen p. 385.
Rubinstein was considered "one of the greatest pianists of the 19th century; his playing was compared with Liszt’s... He was also an influential, if controversial, figure in Russian musical circles, and an exceptionally prolific composer... [He] gave concerts in Paris, where he met Chopin and Liszt, the Netherlands, where he had what was to prove a fruitful meeting with members of the Russian imperial family, and London, where he was received by Queen Victoria... He also saw much of Mendelssohn and Meyerbeer who, like the Rubinsteins, were of Jewish extraction..."
"Rubinstein’s professional concert career began in 1854, when he toured Europe with enormous success... In 1872-3 he toured the USA with Wieniawski, and for the next 15 years he was one of the most sought-after pianists in the world..."
"His greatest success as a composer came in a brief middle period which started with the Fourth Piano Concerto in D minor (1864) and finished with the opera Demon (‘The Demon’, 1871, first performed in January 1875)." Edward Garden in Grove Music Online. Item #31205
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