Autograph Musical Quotation Signed, Joh. Brahms, two pages, large quarto, [Amsterdam], January 31, 1876. Also signed by members of the Florentine String Quartet on the verso. On twelve-line music paper in green printer’s ink, with an engraved allegorical border. Johannes Brahms writes six measures of the piano part of the opening of the fourth movement of his Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, op. 25, which Brahms had performed that day in Amsterdam with the Florentine String Quartet. Beneath the musical quotation is the dedication in Brahms hand: “In friendly remembrance of the 31st of January 76.” On the verso the members of the quartet – Jean Becker, Luigi Chiostri, Louis Hegyesi, and Enrico Masi – have signed in a star pattern beneath a dedication to the Amsterdam music publisher Louis Roothaan: “The Fl[orentine] Quartet to Louis Roothaan in grateful devotion.”
This presto movement, “Rondo alla Zingarese,” is the first sign of Brahms’s love and interest in Hungarian music. The publishing house of Roothaan had the rights to several works by Johannes Brahms.
Framed with an informal photograph of Brahms, seated in a book-lined room; matted in beveled gilt and cream, in a carved gilt frame measuring 21 inches wide by 19 1/2 inches high.
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