Autograph musical manuscript sketches for an unidentified work
by OFFENBACH, Jacques 1819-1880
"[Offenbach] was, with Johann Strauss II, one of the two composers of outstanding significance in popular music of the 19th century and the composer of some of the most exhilaratingly gay and tuneful music ever written. His opera Les contes d'Hoffmann has retained a place in the international repertory, but his most significant achievements lie in the field of operetta. Orphée aux enfers, La belle Hélène, La vie parisienne, La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein and La Périchole remain outstanding examples of the French and international operetta repertory. Moreover, it was through the success of Offenbach's works abroad that operetta became an established international genre, producing outstanding national exponents in Strauss, Sullivan and Lehár and evolving into the 20th-century musical." Andrew Lamb in Grove Music Online.. One leaf, verso blank. Folio. (327 x 247 mm.). Notated in brown ink on 20-stave paper. No time signatures (3/4 implied throughout), no key signatures, no text underlay. Undated.One of the sketches is a four-part canon, apparently in B-flat major; one illegible word in Offenbach's hand above the beginning of the first sketch; later pencilled annotation to upper margin. Slightly worn and browned; creased at folds and slightly overall; occasional stains, smudges, and small edge tears; one small tape repair to edge of blank verso. (Inventory #: 27183)
Musical Autographs and Manuscripts; Rare Books on Music and Dance; First and Early Editions of Printed Music; Prints, Drawings and Ephemera relating to Music and Dance including Opera and Ballet.
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