Malborough s'en va-t'en guerre. Autograph musical manuscript of the complete work, being incidental music for the eponymous play in three acts by the noted French playwright and screenwriter Marcel Achard (1899-1974). Scored for clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, violin, violoncello, and piano. Unsigned and undated, but 1924. Georges AURIC.

Malborough s'en va-t'en guerre. Autograph musical manuscript of the complete work, being incidental music for the eponymous play in three acts by the noted French playwright and screenwriter Marcel Achard (1899-1974). Scored for clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, violin, violoncello, and piano. Unsigned and undated, but 1924.

Folio. 356 x 270 nnm. Black cloth-backed plain brown wrappers with titling in blue pencil and numbering in red pencil to lower margin to upper. 1-8, 10-18, [i] (blank), 19-39, [i] (blank), 40-51 pp. Complete. Notated in ink on 20-stave music paper, with additional notes and markings in red and lead pencil and red ink. Occasional erasures and minor corrections.

With the publisher's (Heugel) manuscript copyright statement with plate number in red ink to lower margin of first page of each act and manuscript note in pencil to upper inner corner of upper wrapper indicating the score's readiness for engraving.

Slightly worn and soiled; some signatures loose and split at spine; first and last leaves reinforced at inner margin with cloth tape, not affecting manuscript.

Apparently the only known autograph source for the work, the present manuscript was used by the Parisian publisher Heugel to prepare the published edition. Schmidt: The Music of Georges Auric A Documented Catalogue in Four Volumes, Vol. I, pp. 148-169, GA 41:

Malborough s'en va-t'en guerre was first performed in Paris at the Comédie des Champs Élysées on 9 December 1924.

Poulenc and Milhaud both saw the play and wrote their opinions to the Belgian musicologist, pianist, and conductor Paul Collaer (1891-1989). Poulenc called the music "adorable" and Milhaud "charming."

"Stage music is a difficult genre. Auric excels at it." Roland-Manuel: L'Eclair, 23 December 1924.

A review in Excelsior on 10 December 1924 characterizes the music as "cheerful and lively," and Jacques Heugel in Le Ménestrel 86, 12 December 1924, p. 519, states: "Georges Auric has written a short score where, with surprising flexibility and a rare sense of action, he knows, how to adapt successively to the author's finest intentions. With eight musicians, he evokes the slightest fluctuations of love, dreams and war ..."

André George refers to "l'ésprit d'un Strawinsky" in Auric's score. Le Nouvelles littéraires, 20 December 1924, p. 7.

"Delicious stage music, full of verve, freshness, and fantasy." Jean Marnold: Mercure de France 177, no. 637, 1 January 1925, pp. 222-23.

"The music of Malborough was very successful and won the votes of those who had not looked very kindly on [Auric's ballet Les] Fâcheux." de Schloezer: La Revue musicale 6, 21 February 1925, pp. 170-72.

The above quotations translated from transcriptions in Schmidt.

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