Mozart, W.A. (1756-1791)
Fantasy & Sonata for Piano, K475/457, Copyist's Manuscript, "Fantasie et Sonate Pour le Forte Piano composées pour Madame Therese de Trattnern par le Maitre de Chapelle W.A. Mozart. Ouevre XI."Feb. 25, 1842. Oblong quarto. 38 pp. Several oily stains on title page, some sunning to exposed edges, repairs to final leaves, spine reinforced with paper tape, otherwise very good -- internally a very beautiful manuscript, with a clean, dark hand on crisp, bright Italian paper.
A professional copyist's manuscript, likely copied from Artaria's first edition of the work (as Opus 11). Dated at the end of the MS, and inscribed in German on the title page at Verona, 7th October, 1856.
This is an interesting example of a kind of manuscript that was relatively common, copied from a printed edition because a manuscript copy could be produced more cheaply than the purchase of an engraved edition. Also, in 1842 Italy, it might have been difficult to find a printed edition of this particular work. This specific manuscript was clearly a performer's copy, having pencilled fingerings throughout.MAN-10595$500