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Niccolo Paganini Autograph Musical Manuscript

Extraordinary handwritten six-page songbook by Niccolo Paganini, dedicated to his only pupil

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Extraordinary handwritten six-page songbook by Niccolo Paganini, dedicated to his only pupil

Significant autograph musical manuscript by Niccolo Paganini, seven pages on four sheets, 11.5 x 8.75, titled and signed on the cover sheet by Paganini with a dedication to his only pupil, Camillo Sivori: "No. 6. Cantabili, con minuetti a Valtzer, par Violin, con accompagnamento di Chitarra, Viola, e Violoncello—dedicati al bravo ragazzino Sigr. Camillo Sivori, de Nicola Paganini." On each of the following pages, Paganini pens six short works for violin, with accompanying parts for guitar, viola, or cello. Below his dedication on the cover sheet is an annotation by violinist Romeo Franzoni, dated 1929, presenting the manuscript to a fellow music professor after having it in his possession for twenty years. In very good to fine condition, with overall soiling and light foxing.

These pages represent Paganini's M.S. 124-129 and were long thought to be lost. They were once held by the violinist Romeo Franzoni, whose name is connected to the posthumous circulation of Paganini’s music. Achille Paganini, the only son of the composer, pursued publication of his father’s concert repertoire and entrusted Franzoni and pianist-composer Giusto Dacci with the revision/piano reduction of the music. Any of Paganini's handwritten works are tremendously desirable; this is a complete, lengthy manuscript dedicated to his only known student, making it a remarkable treasure.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autograph and Artifacts, Ft. Animation
  • Dates: #637 - Ended June 15, 2022

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