Françaix, Jean. (1912–1997) & Forster, Karl. (1904–1963)
Signed Hand Tracing
Original outline of the French composer's left hand, traced in pencil, boldly signed and inscribed to "un ami de Berlin" on an album leaf titled "Forget-Me-Not." On the verso, a further hand tracing and signature from Karl Forster, director of the choir of the Hedwigs-Kathedrale, Berlin, with a note indicating that the signatures were given at the premiere of Françaix's oratorio L’apocalypse selon St-Jean (1939). Left edge rough and some light toning; overall in fine condition. 7.5 x 10 inches (19 x 25.7 cm).
The French neoclassical composer, pianist, and orchestrator Jean Françaix is known for his prolific output and vibrant style. As a child, he was admired for his precocious gifts by Maurice Ravel, who wrote: ‘Among the child’s gifts I observe above all the most fruitful an artist can possess, that of curiosity: you must not stifle these precious gifts now or ever, or risk letting this young sensibility wither.’