Sotheby’s London – Music and Continental Books and Manuscripts

November 4th, 2011 by

The sale includes 105 lots of music, including autographs by: Schumann, Mozart, Donizetti, Britten, and Schnittke.

Schumann’s Szenen aus Goethes “Faust” (1844), was the first major musical setting of both Part I and Part II of Goethe’s Faust, one of the greatest masterpieces of German literature.

Mozart’s sketch-leaf (1788) contains working drafts for two bawdy vocal canons and an unknown fugue, and has been untraced since 1935.

We also have Benjamin Britten’s working draft of one of his most famous concert works, The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra (1945) a collection of autograph manuscripts by Alfred Schnittke, letters by CPE Bach, Verdi and Rachmaninov, manuscripts prepared for Mendelssohn’s famous performance of Bach’s St Matthew Passion in 1829, a rich collection of first editions of music by JS Bach, Vivaldi, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, and Schumann.