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LW A103 no. 2]. Liebestraum No. 2 for piano solo. Autograph musical manuscript signed "F. Liszt." Ca. 1848. A complete work. A new discovery, previously undocumented
- An unpublished version. LW A103 no. 2. Searle 541 no. 2. Raabe 211 no. 2. Chiappari 584. Best-known as Liszt's Second Liebestraum, "Gestorben war ich," the present manuscript transmits one of several early readings for piano solo of the musical text headed "Alternative" in the Weimar Sketchbook N5, the Tasso Sketchbook (some of the other early readings are in 3/4). According to a letter from 1843 held at the Library of Congress, Liszt originally conceived the three Liebesträume as songs (LW N18; Searle 308; Raabe 587-89; Chiappari 565-67) even though the earliest extant sources are for piano solo. Kistner published the first editions of the canonical vocal and instrumental versions in 1850 in Leipzig. In the version for piano solo, the poems appear as epigraphs opposite the first page of music of each piece; in the case of no. 2, "Seliger Tod" by Ludwig Uhland. Liszt took up the second Liebestraum again much later (in 1865) and reworked it (now in 3/4 meter) into the first of his five piano pieces for Olga von Meyendorff (LW A233; Searle 192; Raabe 60; Chiappari 907-11). That cycle, minus the fifth piece, was not published until 1928, as Serie II, Band 10 of the Breitkopf & Härtel's complete edition of the works of Franz Liszt. Additional readings of the second Liebestraum have been published by the Neue Liszt Ausgabe, but not the present one. At 25 measures, the present copy is much shorter than any of the published versions.The identity of "Mdm T. Katz" is not known. It is intriguing to consider the significance she may have had to Liszt for him to have presented this, a complete work, to her. We would like to thank Professor Rena Charnin Mueller of New York University for her help in cataloguing this newly-discovered and previously undocumented manuscript. Oblong octavo (271 x 195 mm). Green watered silk boards with inscription gilt "Offert à Mdm. T. Katz par F. Liszt" within gilt-ruled border with highly decorative corner ornaments, decoratively embossed ivory endpapers. Notated on 2 pages of a bifolium in brown ink on printed 8-stave music paper with staff lines in blue and decorative border in sepia. Untitled. With indication of tempo to upper left corner of first page "Andante" and directions for performance added within musical text by the composer including "dolce," "espressivo la melodie," l'accompagnamento sempre dolcissimo" and "rit[ardando]." In E major, no time signature (but de facto 4/4). Undated, but ca. 1848. Preserved in an attractive custom-made quarter dark green morocco archival solander box with olive green silk boards, titling gilt to spine. A presentation copy. With the large bold signature of the composer ("F. Liszt") at conclusion of music. Binding slightly worn, soiled and stained; several small holes. Slightly browned and soiled. Both binding and music professionally restored with archival materials. [Attributes: Signed Copy; Hard Cover]
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