Rachmaninoff in the news

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Rachmaninoff in the news

Postby pallaver » Sun Nov 21, 2004 2:09 am

Manuscript of the 2nd Symphony found in Switzerland (I wonder how far from Senar; the article doesn't say).

From not allowed.com/news/article/647.html:

The manuscript of Rachmaninoff’s Second Symphony, missing since 1908, has been found, reports Geoffrey Norris of the London Telegraph.

Norris was contacted six weeks ago by a European collector who had found the 320-page manuscript in a cellar in Switzerland and wanted Norris, chief music critic at the paper and author of a book on Rachmaninoff, to authenticate it.

According to Norris, the manuscript, containing all the original orchestration for the work and missing the first four pages and title page, is “unquestionably genuine.”

Rachmaninoff’s Second Symphony, his most popular and frequently played orchestral work, was completed in 1907, when the composer was in staying in Dresden. The symphony’s first two performances, conducted by the composer, were in St. Petersburg in January of 1908. The manuscript had not been accounted for since it was used to prepare the first published edition of the score later that year.

The manuscript, which is thought to be worth between $550,000 and $920,000, will be auctioned by Sotheby’s in London in December. It will be on view at the auction house's New York City location from November 16-19.


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Postby nabokov » Thu Dec 23, 2004 2:58 pm

Well, at least it is informative to see how the story develops! The lawyers of Rachmaninoff's grandson have reached an injunction (does any one know how?) so the manuscript cannot be sold (the same goes for the other less highly rated manuscript items on auction, by the way).

To be quite honest - we are speaking about a manuscript, not about drafts or sketches (which would reveal much more about the process of composition) so the music(ologic)al worth is limited to the changes Rachmaninoff made, which are reported to be quite a lot, but do not seem to concern the proportions of the work, rather the detailing. From what is reported, the changes to the Fourth Piano Concerto are far more dramatic and telling, for instance.

So really, I think the fight about this manuscript may be of far greater importance to the holders of the copy- and publicationrights to Rachmaninoff's music than to anyone else.

Following this story will tell you a lot about the issues at stake in the case of a composer (largely published by a single publisher) whose work is still under copyright, who composed just 45 opuses, more than half of which are regularly performed and at least one third of which actually belong to the iron repertoire!!!

You will find this entire intrigue either very interesting, very boring, highly characteristic or just... very sad.

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Postby RACHBOY » Tue Jan 25, 2005 11:46 pm

read the newsletter for the latest news on the Manuscript affair

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Re: Rachmaninoff in the news

Postby brdlstone007 » Sat Oct 11, 2014 1:17 pm

Read the pamphlet for the most recent news on the Manuscript issue
Mr brdlstone

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