Cadenza for Marianne Riis. Autograph musical manuscript signed. Undated, but ca. 1880-1900. Edvard GRIEG.

Cadenza for Marianne Riis. Autograph musical manuscript signed. Undated, but ca. 1880-1900.

8 measures in 3/4 time in D minor, possibly for violin or other melodic instrument. Notated in ink on two hand-ruled staves. Titled and with "Allegro con fuoco" at head in Grieg's autograph. 63 x 105 mm., laid down to an album leaf, an unrelated inscription dated 1905 to verso.

With a lengthy autograph inscription in Norwegian below the manuscript: "If you are unable - and of this I am convinced - in the literature of music, to find, by constant study, anything worthy to keep up your great virtuosity - then - my dear nightingale - practice this cadenza. Your affectionate cousin Edv. Grieg."

Slightly worn and soiled.

Apparently unrecorded. Not included in the Grieg Werkverzeichnis.

"Marianne Sophie Riis (1832-1923) and Grieg were cousins; Marianne's family is well known in Bergen, and her older half- brother Claus Pavels was a famous author. Her sister Fanny was a librarian at the Scandinavian Society in Rome in the 1880s. Marianne lived for many years with her younger brother Oscar, who had a bookstore/library in Bergen, and who published a short history of their family in 1912." Dr. Arvfid Vollsnes, University of Bergen.

Images of Grieg and his family, including Marianne, are held at the Bergen Public Library in Norway.

This "cadenza" does not appear to be associated with any known Grieg composition and may have been something the composer wrote specifically for his cousin.

We would like to thank Ms. Sylvia Eckes of the American Grieg Society; Grieg scholar Dr. Arvid Vollsnes; and Beryl Foster for their kind assistance in the identification of this manuscript. Item #31303

Price: $3,500.00  other currencies

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