On the recto, Grieg offers three bars of a piano piece in three-quarter time, inscribing it in German to Fräulein Adda Ries with fond memories from Edvard Grieg and dating it London, 25 February 1889.
On the verso, Joachim offers the opening four bars of the first violin part of Brahms's String Quartet, Op. 51, No. 2, which employs Joachim's personal musical acrostic "F-A-E" for frei aber einsam ("free but lonely"). Joachim fondly writes: In memory of a pleasant rehearsal and a very pleasant Intermezzo, Joseph Joachim. It is dated 13 March 1892.