Sotheby's offers a Bruckner manuscript - Update
AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT OF PART OF THE LAST MOVEMENT OF THE EIGHTH SYMPHONY.
According to Benjamin-Gunnar Cohrs, "The manuscript offered last November has not been sold. Furthermore it turns out to be not a discarded folio from the Finale of the Seventh [as suggested by the auction house]. I´ve been able to identify it as an early version of the beginning of the second theme from the Finale of the Eighth in its initial version. This has been confirmed by Paul Hawkshaw."
The sketch offered by Sotheby´s corresponds with the last four measures from a discarded bifol. "3", held in Kremsmünster (signature: Kr C56/14 III-2b, fol. 2v), facs. in Hawkshaw, Critical Report, Vol. II, p. 139.
Sothebys describes the manuscript as a passage of 4 bars, written in brown ink on a single system of 24 staves, laid out for woodwind, horns, Wagner tubas, Bass tuba, trombones, trumpets, timpani, trombones and strings, the passage scored just for strings, the staves for the other parts left blank, the bars numbered by Bruckner 1-6, paginated or foliated “5”, 1 page, large folio (34 x 26cm), 24-stave paper ("B & H. Nr.14 A."), framed and glazed, overall size 50.5 x 40cm, , some paper-loss in upper-left-hand corner, affecting a few instrument names (flutes, oboes and clarinets)
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