Notturno. Autograph musical manuscript of a complete work for solo piano. Signed "I. Moscheles" and dated December 16, 1858. Ignaz MOSCHELES.

Notturno. Autograph musical manuscript of a complete work for solo piano. Signed "I. Moscheles" and dated December 16, 1858.

1 leaf (260 x 224 mm.). 23 measures on 8 staves printed in 4 systems. Notated in black ink on one side of the leaf only.

Inscribed "Le Mexique à [?]Leipsic" and "à Madame Pauline Viardot Garcia" at upper left; dated "16 Decembre 1858" at lower left; and signed "Souvenir amical I. Moscheles" at lower right.

Provenance:
From the collection of noted singer Pauline Viardot (1821-1920), with small circular embossed stamp "Collection Viardot" to upper right margin.

Slightly worn and creased, especially at upper edge; a few small, light stains, not affecting music.

Apparently unrecorded.

A Bohemian pianist and composer of Jewish descent, Moscheles was one of Vienna's most popular pianists, "hailed as an equal and friend by Clementi and J.B. Cramer." He met the 15-year-old Mendelssohn in 1824 in Berlin and "gave him some finishing lessons on the piano." He went on to became principal professor of piano at the Leipzig Conservatory in 1846, recently founded by Mendelssohn. Known also as a conductor, Moscheles led the first London performance of Beethoven's Missa solemnis in 1832 and very successful performances of the Ninth Symphony in 1837 and 1838.

"The majority of Moscheles’s compositional output is piano music; some, including the sonatas, is of lasting consequence... Schumann considered Moscheles one of the best sonata composers of his generation... His piano method is best represented in his sets of studies, which are still used: Schumann saw these as bridging the gap between the age of Clementi and that of Chopin and being indebted to Bach’s Clavier-Übung." Jerome Roche in Grove Music Online.

Spanish singer Pauline Viardot (née Garcia) was a leading performer, composer, and teacher of the 19th century. After studies with Reicha and Liszt, she performed in Russia, helping to serve as a bridge between east and west. She excelled in several operatic roles, but was equally known and respected as a wide-ranging artist and intellectual.

Moscheles's daughter Clara was a student of Viardot's in Paris in 1858, the year in which the present manuscript was executed. Item #31335

Price: $2,200.00  other currencies

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