Frédéric Chopin

Polish composer, 1810-1849

Frédéric Chopin was a Polish composer and virtuoso pianist of the Romantic era, who wrote primarily for the solo piano. He gained and has maintained renown worldwide as one of the leading musicians of his era. All of Chopin’s compositions include the piano. Most are for solo piano, though he also wrote two piano concertos, a few chamber pieces, and some songs to Polish lyrics. His innovations in style, musical form, and harmony, and his association of music with nationalism, were influential throughout and after the late Romantic period.

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Chopin, Frédéric

Polish composer (1810-1849). Autograph letter signed „Ch“. „chateau de Nohant pres La Chatre. 8vo. 4 pp. With autograph envelope, with red seal, creased at folds.
$ 179,790 / 150.000 € (74859)

To his beloved friend the cellist Auguste Franchomme, about his music, especially the Polonaise Fantasie Op.61. Writing from Nohant to Franchomme who was acting for him in Paris, he expresses his annoyance that his publisher [Brandus] is away and that there is no one to take possession of his manuscripts, he requests that the name of Madame Veyret be added as dedicatee of the Polonaise-Fantaisie Op.61, he discusses financial matters relating to the publication of his music, relays the best wishes of George Sand and asks to be remembered to Jane Stirling, his last love, ...Aussi aye la bonté de ne pas leur confier mes manuscrits sans toucher l'argent convenu, et envoye m'en aussitôt un billet de cinq cents fr.

dans ta lettre...Garde-moi tes millions pour autre titre de la Polonaise "dédiée à Madame A. Veyret"... This autograph letter has only been offered for sale at Sotheby’s in 2011, lot 230. It has come by descent through the Franchomme family. This letter is inaccurately published in Sydow (no.622), who silently corrects Chopin's grammatical mistakes and changes certain words..

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Chopin, Frédéric

polnischer Komponist, Pianist und Klavierpädagoge (1810-1849). Autograph musical quotation signed and inscribed. Paris. 2 pp. Querformat-gr.-8vo. 6-zeilig. Mit violettem Schmuckrähmchen. Am rechten Rand schwach gebräunt. Verso am rechten Rand Montagespuren.
$ 221,741 / 185.000 € (78917)

Titled "Wiosna, paroles de Witwicki". - Complete piano score of the Polish song op. posth. 74 nr. 2 in g minor, indicated "All[egre]tto". With autograph dedication: "Madame Kiéné |hommage respectueux | de son devoué| Chopin". The autograph place name "Paris" on the left. - This composition, originally written as "Andantino" for one singing voice with piano accompaniment, probably in the spring of 1838, set to a text by Stefan Witwicki, is a typical Dumka, the melancholic counterpart of Polish idyllic song.

The oscillation between g minor and b flat major creates a nostalgic "senza-fine" mood. - Probably dedicated to the pianist Marie Catherine Kiéné, née Leyer, the mother of the pianist and composer Anne Marie Bigot de Morogues, who died at a young age, and taught the piano to Fanny Hensel and Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy. - Stefan Witwicki, who wrote most of the texts of the surviving Chopin songs, pressured him to compose a Polish opera. Chopin however, who only enjoyed improvising on Polish songs in a private circle, neither included them in his concert programmes, nor had them published. Some songs only existed as drafts and were to be burned, according to Chopin's last will. Up to date, a total of merely 19 songs are known. - The first edition of this song was published as late as 1856 by Aleksander Gins in Warsaw, set to the text of a poem by Stanislaw Jachowicz. - Right-hand edge slightly browned. Traces of mounting on right-hand edge verso. - Kobylanska, Chopin Werkverzeichnis (1971) S. 188, Autograph g..


Chopin, Fréderic

Exceedingly rare handwritten notes in French, unsigned
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Chopin, Frédéric

Document signed twice ("F. F. Chopin").
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Rare partly-printed document: an assignment of copyright for his Op. 28 and Op. 30. In part: "I have this day sold to Messrs. Christian Rudolph Wessel & Co. Importers and Publishers of Foreign Music [...] all my Copyright and Interest, present and future [...] for the Kingdom of Great Britain [...] of and in the following Compositions (in M.S.) to be published conjointly in France & Germany in: Op. 28. Impromptu pour le Piano Solo dedie a Madame la Comtesse d’Agoult - to appear the 14th October 1837, Op. 30, Quatre Mazurkas being his 5th Set, dedicated to La Princesse de Wurtemberg." Signed twice at the conclusion by Chopin. - Wessel & Co. had the exclusive rights to publish Chopin’s works in England, and the company was taken over by Edwin Ashdown and Henry Parry upon his retirement. This document originates from the collection of the Ashdown family. The document notes that the first piece is dedicated to Marie d’Agoult, a friend of Chopin and the mistress of Franz Liszt. The second, dedicated to Princess Maria Anna Czartoryska (Maria Wirtemberska) of Württemberg, is a set of four pieces based on the traditional Polish dance. - A small repaired area of paper loss to right edge and chips to two corner tips, otherwise in fine condition.

Chopin, Frédéric

Autograph letter signed „Chip“.
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