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Rare 17th century mezzotint portrait engraving before letters
. 164 x 112 mm. Half-length, within an oval border. The composer is depicted holding a heavy chain in one hand from which hangs a medal, possibly denoting an honor received. With early manuscript annotation to mount. Without text within oval border to portrait or to area below portrait as is present in later issues; laid down to early mount.. This first state of the print is very rare. Diepenbroick-GrĂ¼ter 23086, 1/11. C.P.E. Bach Portrait Collection I catalogue, p. 168, plate 244 (a later issue, with letters). "Schmelzer is historically significant in two areas: as the major Austrian composer of instrumental music before Biber he influenced the development of the suite as well as the sonata in Austria and south Germany; and his appointment as the first Austrian Kapellmeister at the Habsburg court in the 17th century initiated the ever increasing reliance on native rather than imported talent that was most evident in the first half of the 18th century." Rudolf Schnitzler in Grove online Schmelzer was given the honorary title of "von Ehrenruef" by the Emperor in 1673.
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