5 measures, being the second main theme in the third movement of the concerto, signed and dated Paris, 28 April 1894. Notated in black ink within decorative border gilt on paper manufactured by H. Lard, Paris, 173 x 267 mm.
First performed on 3 April 1869 at the Tivoli in Copenhagen.
"The A minor Concerto ... is a real milestone in Grieg's career, the last and best work of his early 'sonata' period. It seems to have decided him, effectively if not finally, that his forte was for the miniature, not the large-scale work. ... Historically considered, Grieg's work is an excellent specimen of its genre: the nineteenth-century heroic-romantic piano concerto, which differs fundamentally from the classical concerto with its double exposition in the first movement." Abraham: The Piano Concerto, p. 27 in Abraham: Grieg. A Symposium.
A Norwegian composer, pianist and conductor, "Grieg was the foremost Scandinavian composer of his generation and the principal promoter of Norwegian music. His genius was for lyric pieces – songs and piano miniatures – in which he drew on both folktunes and the Romantic tradition, but his Piano Concerto found a place in the central repertory, and his String Quartet foreshadows Debussy." John Horton and Nils Grinde in Grove Music Online
With, on verso:
VIANNA DA MOTTA, José 1868-1948
Autograph musical quotation signed in full. 8 measures in piano score. Notated in black ink and inscribed "A Madame La Princesse H.A. Riberco souvenir d'inoubliables matinées musicales et d'inoubliables preuves de sa divine bonté humble et insignificant hommage de José Vianna da Motta Paris 23 Mars 1895."
Vianna da Motta was a Portuguese pianist, teacher and composer, student of both Xaver Scharwenka (piano) and Philipp Scharwenka (composition) at the Lisbon Conservatory. "Vianna da Motta was particularly distinguished as an interpreter of Bach, Beethoven and Liszt, and in 1927 played Beethoven’s 32 sonatas in Lisbon, a significant event in Portuguese musical life. He was also keenly interested in the music of Field, Alkan and Falla, and was noted for his idiomatic interpretation of Falla’s Noches en los jardines de España. His refined and intellectual approach, quite distinct from the flamboyance of many other Liszt pupils, showed the extent of Bülow’s influence, and makes his few recorded performances seem remarkably modern, though not lacking in colour or spontaneity." Charles Hopkins in Grove Music Online
Very slightly browned at edges; 5 small stitching holes to inner left margin where removed from album.
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