Sketchleaf for the Sixth Symphony, Opus 68

Autograph sketchleaf for the Sixth Symphony, Opus 68. Comprising numerous drafts for the last movement, particularly for the opening theme and its continuation, a working manuscript with copious deletions, revisions, additions and alterations with annotations by Beethoven, no place or date [Vienna, 1808. ]2 p., oblong quarto (ca. 23 x 30.5 cm.), 16 staves, notated in brown ink mainly on single stave systems, some two-stave systems on the second page, early pagination in pencil “42,” remains of taped mount. With a dated note of authentication by Aloys Fuchs: “das diese 2 Blätter die eigenhändige Notenschrift von Ludwig van Beethoven ist: wird hiermit bestättigt von Aloys Fuchs 27/11/[1]841.”
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Opus 68
Missing leaf “42” once part of the Pastoral Symphony sketchbook acquired by Anton Gräffer at Beethoven’s estate auction in 1827; the leaf was later acquired by the dealers Joseph Bauer & Co. of Frankfurt and sold by them in the 19th century.
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Tyson, “A reconstruction of the Pastoral Symphony Sketchbook,” Beethoven Studies 1 (1974), pp. 67-96; J/T/W, p. 166-167
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Sotheby's (London)
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BJ index 1996-2005
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