1 page. 8 measures from an unidentified work in F major for piano marked "Adagio." Small folio (250 x 195 mm.). Notated in ink on hand-ruled staves, with "28" in manuscript to upper margin, presumably denoting album page number.
Becker, a German organist, musicologist, and music collector, was a founding member of the Bach-Gesellschaft.
"In his twenties Becker began to collect early printed music and manuscripts as well as musical literature. Based on his important library he published bibliographies, editions of older music and many articles in such periodicals as the Allgemeine musikalische Zeitung and the Neue Zeitschrift für Musik ... One of his special interests was J.S. Bach; he was a founder-member of the Bach-Gesellschaft. He also championed in his writings the late works of Beethoven and the music of Schumann. His compositions (motets, songs, piano music) are of minor importance, although his organ pieces were valued for study purposes." Alec Hyatt King, revised by Peter Krause in Grove Music Online.
With (on recto of Becker and one additional leaf):
Baker, LA. Autograph musical manuscript signed and dated Leipzig March 3, 1869. A complete "Trinklied" for men's voices in four parts. 3 pp., with "25," "26," and "27" to upper margin, presumably denoting album page numbers. Slightly browned. We have been unable to locate any information on this composer.
Price: $350.00 other currencies