Lot #571
Russian Composers and Pianists

One-of-a-kind group of intricate musical quotes featuring Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev, and eight others
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One-of-a-kind group of intricate musical quotes featuring Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev, and eight others

Impressive and exceedingly scarce collection of ten AMQSs on a single off-white 8 x 9 sheet bearing a pen and ink sketch of Alexander Glazunov (signed “G. Haferland”), circa 1928–1931. Each composer carefully pens from two to six measures; most also add the title, place, and/or date. Represented: Alexander Glazunov (who pens an excerpt from the ‘First Symphony’ of his illustrious teacher, Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov; this quote is on a neatly affixed slip of manuscript paper, the only such example); Witold Maliszewski (from the opera-ballet ‘Boruta’—weeks before its premiere); Hans Bullerian (‘Cello Concerto’); Alexander Tcherepnin (unidentified, marked “Larghetto”); Sergei Rachmaninoff (‘Third Piano Concerto’); Sergei Bortkiewicz (‘First Piano Concerto’); Nicolai Tcherepnin (overture to the opera ‘Svat’); Leopold Godowsky (unidentified), Nikolai Artciboucheff (‘Waltz’), Sergei Prokofiev (‘Third Piano Concerto,’ arguably his greatest and best-known work), and Nicolai Medtner (‘Second Piano Concerto’). In fine, clean condition. The highly desirable and elusive quotes of many of the individual composers would hold a place of pride in any collection; the combination of so many luminaries in a single (and singular) presentation elevates this item to an entirely different level. RR Auction COA.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Rare Manuscript, Document & Autograph
  • Dates: #430 - Ended June 18, 2014