Manuscript for piano four hands on a bifolio: two full pages of music, a decorated cover page, and a blank. Autograph presentation manuscript in ink, written as a thank-you present from the twenty-seven-year-old composer to the Spelmans, whom he had visited in Italy. This charming manuscript is enhanced with two photos of the Spelmans' dogs pasted down on the cover surrounding the title. Amusing dynamic instructions include Not so profound as you might think; Slowly, with evident insincerity but tremendous esprit; and With more or less of a triumph.
Provenance: Estate of Timothy Spelman.
Timothy Spelman was an American composer whose wife was the English poetess Leolyn Everett. Moore visited them at their splendid sixteenth-century villa on the via Leonarda da Vinci overlooking Florence. At this time, Moore was in Europe studying at the Scola Cantorum in Paris.
This is the first time we have seen a Moore manuscript on the market.