Dussek, Jan Ladislav. (1760–1812) & Adam, Louis. (1758–1848) & Cramer, Johann Baptist. (1771–1858) & Lemoyne, Jean-Baptiste. (1751–1796)
Bound Volume of 18th-Century Sonata Sets by Dussek, Adam, Cramer & Le Moyne
Sammelband containing rare early editions of 16 sonatas, published ca. 1790–1820, by the Czech composer Jan Ladislav Dussek, the French composer Louis Adam, the English composer and pianist Johann Baptist Cramer and the French composer Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne, including one signed on the title by Louis Adam, as well as piano arrangements of two Haydn symphonies, works by Kuhn, Hebenheim and Chabanon, and one piece of manuscript music. Hardcover, spine of reused vellum with earlier text; marbled paper boards; shield-shaped label to the cover reads: "[...] grandes Sonates sans Accompagnement par Dussek, Adam, et autres auteurs, à Mme. Sara Davoit." Music engraved throughout. Boards rubbed; edge and shelf wear; binding structurally sound and overall very good. 10 x 13.5 inches (27 x 34 cm).
The contents bound in the following order:
Trois grandes sonates pour piano, composées et dediées à Gabrielle Pleyel par J. L. Dussek. Oeuvre 35. A Paris chez Jmbault rue Honoré [label affixed over the original imprint of Pleyel], [ca. 1797?]. Stamped by Pleyel on the title. [PN] 64. 55 pp. Very rare.
Grande Sonate pour le piano forte composée et dédiée par D. Steibelt à Madame Bonaparte, A Paris chez M.elles Erard, A Lyon chez Garnier, [ca. 1800]. [PN] 29. 35 pp. Rare.
Sonate pour le Forté Piano dédiée à Monsieur le Marquis de Grimaldi composée par L. Adam. A Paris chez Sieber [label affixed over the original imprint of Pleyel], . Stamped by Pleyel on the title. [PN] 374 C. 23 pp.
Grande Sonate composée pour le Piano-Forte et dédiée à Mademoiselle Laure Didot par L. Adam. A Paris, [self-published], de la Collection de Pièces Nouvelles pour le Piano, 8e. Livraison. [ca. 1820]. Signed by Adam on the title. [PN] 8. A. 27 pp.
Trois Grandes Sonates pour le Forte Piano dédiées à son ami Désormery par G. Le Moyne. Oeuvre 10. A Paris, chez Sieber [label affixed over the original imprint, not legible], [n.d.] Stamped by Lemoyne on the title. [PN] 10. 24 pp. Very rare; we have located no copies on WorldCat.
Quatres Sonates pour Clavecin our Forte-Piano composés par J. B. Cramer. A Paris: Chez Jmbault rue Honoré [label affixed over the original imprint of Sieber], [1795?]. [PN] 1077. 41; pp.
Five items of music without title pages or imprints:
No. 30. Prix 3H 12S. Sonate par A. Kuhn. 2–13 pp.
3e. Année. No. 28. 3H 12S. Simphonie par J. Hemmerlein. 2–10 pp.
3e. Année. No. 32. 2H 8S. Sonate de Mr. Chabanon. 5 pp.
IIe. Simphonie d'Haydn. 5 pp.
Seconde Année. No. 22. Simphonie d'Haydn. 2–13 pp.
La Rosiere de Salency, Ouverture arrangée pour Clavecin ou Piano-Forte. A Paris: Chez H. Naderman [label affixed over the original imprint of Imbach], [n.d.]. [PN] 22. 4 pp. Followed by part for "violon d'accompagnement ad libitum," 3 pp. Very rare.
Manuscript music titled "Bataille de Prague," for keyboard.  pp.
Louis Adam spent over four decades, from 1797 through 1842, as Professor of Pianoforte at the Conservatoire de Paris. In addition to being a skilled pianist, he composed a number of popular pieces for piano, and also wrote two standard methods: Méthode ou principe générale du doigté pour le Forté-piano (1798) and Méthode nouvelle pour le Piano (1802). His son Adolphe Adam is known as the composer of the ballet Giselle.
"Dussek is an unjustly neglected composer. Admittedly some of his more insignificant works... are trivial and deservedly forgotten, but there is a body of piano sonatas, piano concertos and chamber works that are of sufficient musical worth to be performed and enjoyed today. His music seems to have been received with enthusiasm in his own time; reviews of the original editions in the Allgemeine musikalische Zeitung praise Dussek's originality and expressiveness, and the appropriateness to the piano of his melody, harmony and scoring [...] Most [of his works] were reprinted at least once, and some as many as ten times (some important works appeared in as many as three different editions by Breitkopf & Härtel alone, who issued a 12-volume collected edition of his works just after his death)." (Howard Allen Craw et al in Grove Online)