Sheet music for the song "Der Kuss" ("The Kiss"), signed and inscribed on the title page by the German composer. Beneath his signature, the composer also adds a four-bar musical quotation from the popular chorus "Selig sind, die Verfolgung leiden um der Gerechtigkeit willen" from his opera Der Evangelimann (1895).
Wilhelm Kienzl was a major figure in the musical and cultural life of Austria from the 1890s until the 1930s. He was a friend of Wagner as well as a pupil of Liszt. Der Evangelimann was Kienzl's most successful opera, enjoying frequent performances throughout Germany and Austria for a few decades, as well as the support of prominent conductors including Gustav Mahler, Richard Strauss, and Felix Mottl.SSC-14373$375