Nov 07, 2017 - Sale 2461

Sale 2461 - Lot 157

Price Realized: $ 7,250
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 2,000 - $ 3,000
EARLY AND UNPUBLISHED MANUSCRIPT DELIUS, FREDERICK. Autograph Musical Manuscript Signed, "Fritz Delius," working draft of his early unpublished work, "Susanna (Encounter in Dream)," 48 bars notated on 11 3-stave systems, with holograph title and lyrics, in German. Signed at upper right of first page. 4 pages, folio, 12 machine-ruled staves on recto and verso, written on a folded sheet; minor chipping and toning to all edges, owner's description at lower edge of first page; custom cloth box with gilt spine title. [Norway?], circa 1888

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with--Eric Fenby. Autograph Letter Signed, to Jimmy Van Heusen, recounting "the history of the MSS 'Susanna' . . . it is the autograph and only copy in existence of this early piece, and, to my knowledge, you are now the only private person to possess a signed Delius manuscript . . . ." 2 pages, 8vo, first page written vertically across two pages, pale blue air letter form. Scarborough, UK, 29 July 1963.
Eric Fenby (1906-1997) was a British composer who worked as the amanuensis of Delius in the years before Delius's death.
From the Jimmy Van Heusen Collection.