Beethoven, Ludwig van, composer (1770-1827). Autograph musical manuscript.

No place, ca. 1823?

Musical sketch leaf, ca. 10 bars in two staves. Ink on paper. A single leaf, oblong 4to (ca. 23 x 29 cm). Framed and glazed (47 x 55 cm).


Very attractive, sparse sketch leaf, similar to one preserved at the Beethoven-Haus in Bonn (HCB BSk 21/69), on the same paper, with the same vertical fold and similar ink sketches in the first third of the page (H. C. Bodmer collection; one of many leaves with sketches for the 9th Symphony, op. 125). The present manuscript was thus almost certainly removed from the same sketch book, which was sold from Beethoven's estate in November 1827 and was purchased by the publisher Artaria, who designated it "Notirungsbuch K". This sketch book "K" has today been entirely dispersed, but parts survive in several libraries; the largest single part is the so-called Engelmann sketch book (now likewise in the Beethoven-Haus in Bonn).


From the collection of the pianist and composer Guy Lasson (1921-93), student and friend of the pianist and Beethoven specialist Yves Nat (1890-1956). Inscribed by Gérard Vel on the verso of the frame: "Pour mon cher ami Guy, en témoignage de ma sincère reconnaissance et surtout de mon affection profonde. Gérard Vel. Paris, 9 Mars 1961", with attestation of authenticity in the same hand, invoking the authority of the great manuscript dealers and collectors Walter Romeyn Benjamin (1854-1943) of New York and Pierre Berès (1913-2008) of Paris: "Autographe de Beethoven (authenticité garantie par Mrs. Walter R. Benjamin, 18 East 77th St. New York U.S.A. et par Pierre Berès, 14 avenue Friedland, Paris)".


Perfectly preserved.

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