Mozart man­u­script to go on sale

The Korea Times - - PEOPLE -

PARIS (AFP) — An orig­i­nal score of two min­uets com­posed by Wolf­gang Amadeus Mozart when he was just 16 are to be put up for auc­tion in Paris later this month, Sotheby’s said on Thurs­day.

The ask­ing price for the hand­writ­ten score dat­ing from 1772 has been set at 150,000-200,000 eu­ros ($166,000220,000), the auc­tion house said. It goes on sale on Novem­ber 18. “It’s the only ver­sion,” said Simon Maguire, a spe­cial­ist in mu­si­cal manuscript­s at Sotheby’s in Lon­don.

“Mozart al­ways wrote first ver­sions” with­out sub­se­quently re­work­ing them, “un­like Beethoven who re­vised (his scores) end­lessly,” the ex­pert told AFP.

The min­uets — which are types of dances — have never been pub­lished and the au­to­graph score con­tains a few cor­rec­tions and mi­nor mod­i­fi­ca­tions, in­clud­ing one or two that might be in the hand of Mozart’s fa­ther, Leopold.

The man­u­script was kept in Salzburg by the com­poser’s sis­ter, Nan­nerl, and later found its way into the vast col­lec­tion of Aus­trian writer Ste­fan Zweig, who was “a leg­endary col­lec­tor of mu­si­cal frag­ments, notably those by Mozart,” Maguire said.

The score, the only one of the com­poser’s “Six Min­uets K.164” to still be in pri­vate hands, are be­ing sold as part of the li­brary of the em­i­nent Swiss bib­lio­phile, Jean-Fran­cois Chapon­niere.

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