Autograph musical manuscript sketchleaf, being the keyboard part for an unidentified work in F major, in all likelihood a piano quintet. Possibly the last work composed by Hummel before his death on October 17, 1839. Johann Nepomuk HUMMEL.

Autograph musical manuscript sketchleaf, being the keyboard part for an unidentified work in F major, in all likelihood a piano quintet. Possibly the last work composed by Hummel before his death on October 17, 1839.

1 page. Oblong folio (ca. 240 x 325 mm). 7 measures on two staves notated in ink; brackets grouping six staves in two systems. No watermark.

With an inscription signed and dated December 14, 1839 by the composer's widow, Betty Hummel, authenticating the manuscript: "Daß diese Noten nicht nur meines Mannes eigener Handschrift angehören, sondern sogar eine von den letzten Zeilen sind, die er einige Tage vor seinem Hindscheiden niederschrieb, bekräftige ich mit meiner Unterschrift." (I affirm with my signature that these notes are not only in my husband's hand, but that they are even some of the last lines he wrote before his passing).

Slightly worn and browned; central vertical crease; small inkblot to blank lower right corner.

Hummel, an Austrian pianist, composer, teacher and conductor, "was considered in his time to be one of Europe’s greatest composers and perhaps its greatest pianist... As one of the last and greatest representatives of the 18th-century Viennese classical style that created him, Hummel played a vital and still largely unacknowledged role in creating the new romantic style of the 19th century." Joel Sachs and Mark Kroll in Grove Music Online.

Elizabeth Hummel (née Röckel, 1793-1883) was a singer to whom Beethoven was allegedly amorously attracted. Item #31350

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