César Franck

composer, pianist, organist, 1822-1890

"Franck gave his first concerts in 1834 and studied privately in Paris from 1835, where his teachers included Anton Reicha. After a brief return to Belgium, and a disastrous reception for an early oratorio ""Ruth"", he moved to Paris, where he embarked on a career as teacher and organist. He gained a reputation as a formidable musical improviser, and traveled widely within France to demonstrate new instruments built by Aristide Cavaillé-Coll. He became organist at the Basilica of St. Clotilde, and later professor at the Paris Conservatoire; therefor he took French nationality. His fame rests largely on a small number of compositions written in his later years, e. g. his ""Symphony in D minor""."


Franck, César

Komponist (1822-1890). Autograph musical quotation signed, with 3 other quotations by Halévy, Auber and Louis Clapisson on reverse. Paris. 03.12.1845. 2 SS. Qu.-folio.
$ 6,015 / 5.500 € (73149/BN47423)

Nine bars "Fragment du Chant du Crépuscule | Chanté par Mr. Jourdan dans mon Eglogue Biblique de Ruth" ("Flambeau des cieux la fin de ta carrière"), premiered in piano reduction at the Salle Erard on October 30, 1845, and in an orchestral version organized by Liszt on January 4, 1846. - Reverse: 1) Jacques Fromental Halévy. AmusQS. [Paris?], 18. IX. 1845. Ten bars Allegro for piano. 2) Daniel Auber. AmusQS. [Paris?], 6. IV. 1846. Four bars for piano. 3) Louis Clapisson. AmusQS. [Paris?], 17. VII. 1861. Eight bars for piano, picking up Halévy's contribution.

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