Item #38236 Autograph letter signed ("R. Schumann") and dated Dresden, 1 September 1846 to his publisher Julius Kistner. Robert SCHUMANN.
Autograph letter signed ("R. Schumann") and dated Dresden, 1 September 1846 to his publisher Julius Kistner

Autograph letter signed ("R. Schumann") and dated Dresden, 1 September 1846 to his publisher Julius Kistner

2 pp. With integral address panel with dark red wax seal with initials [?CS] intact; small postal stamps "1 Sep. 46," "2 Sep," and "Staatspost 2 Sep."; and manuscript note in red ink to recto and manuscript identification to verso in other hands.

An interesting letter in which Schumann discusses his Op. 25 (Myrthen lieder), Op. 52 (Ouverture, Scherzo and Finale), and Op. 58 (4 Skizzen für den Pedal-Flügel).

Regarding Op. 25, the composer says says that he is told that "the Robert Burns songs are popular" and asks if Kistner thinks it would be a good idea "to collect the latest issues and publish them separately," saying he believes "that such a choice would be beneficial" to the publisher.

Re Op. 52, Schumann asks for some revisions, says that he expects to be able to send the 4-hand piano reduction to Kistner within 3-4 weeks, and states that he can send the orchestral parts soon.

Re Op. 58, the composer notes that he understands that "the sketches for pedal piano are now completely finished," and asks Kistner to send him some free copies.

Slightly browned; creased at folds and very slightly overall; very small split to lower central fold; small, neat triangular area excised opposite wax seal. In very good condition overall.

Published in Schumann Briefedition Series III, Vol. IV: Briefwechsel Robert und Clara Schumanns mit Leipziger Verlegern, pp. 204-205.

Op. 25: Myrthen
" ... the lieder of 1840, like many of the earlier piano pieces, were closely interwoven with his feelings for Clara. ‘Much of you is embedded in my Eichendorff Liederkreis’, he wrote to her in May, and the same could justly be said of Myrthen, Frauenliebe und -leben ..." Op. 25, a song cycle to texts by Göthe, Rückert, Byron, Th. Moore, Heine, Burns, and J. Mosen, was composed in 1840. Schumann dedicated the songs to his bride Clara Wieck and gave a special copy of the first edition to her on the occasion of the eve of their wedding on 12 September of that year.

Op. 52: Overture, Scherzo and Finale
"Conceived as a ‘Suite’ or ‘Symphonette,' extensively revised in August 1845 and again in the autumn of that year, Op. 52 was first performed in Leipzig on 6 December 1841 and published as Overture, Scherzo and Finale in 1846. "Schumann composed little in 1846, but 1847 was rich in creative activity. The orchestration of the closing scene of the second part of Faust was completed in April. At about the same time he prepared a four-hand piano arrangement of the Finale from op. 52 and made further corrections to the Second Symphony."

Op. 58: 4 Skizzen für den Pedal-Flügel
"Schumann began to recover from his depression in late January 1845. Concurrently he studied counterpoint, along with Clara, who soon produced a series of preludes and fugues on themes by her husband and J.S. Bach ... On 7 April, the same day on which he and Clara delved into Cherubini’s Cours de contrepoint et de fugue (1835), Schumann drafted the first of the Sechs Fugen über den Namen: Bach op. 60 for organ. Intrigued by the pedal piano he had initially rented in order to master the fundamentals of organ technique, he composed two sets of pieces for this unusual instrument (alternatively for piano, three to four hands), between April and June: four Skizzen op. 58 and six Studien (in canonic form) op. 56." The Skizzen were first published in 1846. John Daverio and Eric Sams in Grove Music Online.

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