Liebesgrüsse [Greetings of Love]. Op. 130. Romance for piano solo. Autograph musical manuscript signed. Undated, but ca. 1854. Franz Wilhelm ABT.

Liebesgrüsse [Greetings of Love]. Op. 130. Romance for piano solo. Autograph musical manuscript signed. Undated, but ca. 1854.

Oblong folio (257 x 369 mm.). Unbound. [1] (pencilled identification "Op. 130" and name "Herrn Moritz Ehrenberg"), [2] (blank), [3]-[7] (autograph music), [8] (blank) pp. Notated in dark brown ink on 8-stave music paper, the staves printed in blue within decorative double-line border printed in red.

Signed by the composer at upper outer corner of first page of music, with autograph titling to head; oval handstamp of "H.F. Müller's Wtwe Kunst & Musikalienhandl Wien" to lower right corner; plate number "H.r.M.512" to lower margin in red ink. Several corrections; occasional editorial markings in red pencil.

Slightly worn and browned; outer edges worn, soiled, and creased; creased at central fold. In very good condition overall.

The Stichvorlage used by the printer to prepare the published edition issued by Müller's widow in Vienna in 1854.

The Neue Berliner Muzikzeitung of 1855 described the Abt's Liebesgrüsse as "a tempting love song without words... [which] captivates by a certain simplicity."

Abt studied theology and music in Leipzig, both at the University and at the Thomasschule, making friends there with Lortzing, Mendelssohn, and Schumann.

"Though engaged in Bernburg (1841) as Kapellmeister, he soon left for Zürich, distinguishing himself there as an outstanding and immensely popular choirmaster... In 1852 he became conductor at the opera house in Brunswick, which had been designated a national theatre in 1818.,, Faithful to his first love, choral conducting, he developed an international reputation and was invited to conduct in many capital cities of Europe. A spectacular reception awaited him on his tour of the USA (1872)..."

"[His] works run to more than 600 opus numbers comprising over 3000 individual items. Vocal music was his main interest, especially male choral music, whose impoverished repertory he strove to enrich. His style is popular, his melodies simple and fresh, with a pleasing and varied accompaniment..." Edward F. Kravitt in Grove Music Online. Item #31208

Price: $1,500.00  other currencies

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