Albéniz, Isaac Manuel Francisco. (1860–1909)
Espagne - INSCRIBED PRESENTATION COPY
Barcelona: Universo Musical Antes J. Bta. Pujol y Ca.. [ca. 1899].
Espagne (Souvenirs). Œuvres nouvelles pour le piano . N° 1 Prélude. Signed and inscribed presentation copy of the Spanish virtuoso pianist and composer's Prelude. He has penned on the first page of music (translated from the French): "To Madame Henry Lerolle in sincere friendship and affection. I. Albeniz, Paris, January 6, 1906." 7 pp. [PN] U.336.M.1. Rather heavily toned, pages largely detached; front wrapper with multiple tears and losses. Stamped on the front wrapper by the bookseller, L. E. Dotésio. Overall good, with the inscription in fine condition. 9.5 x 12.5 inches (24.3 x 31.5 cm).
Madeleine Escudier Lerolle (1856–1937) was the sister-in-law of Ernest Chausson and moved in the musical circles of Paris. Her husband was the painter and and art collector Henry Lerolle (1848–1929).
Albeniz's Prelude, part of his piano suite Espagne (Souvenirs), evokes the sunrise on the "poetic plain of Granada."
Autograph material by Albeniz is seldom offered for sale. We have traced only two other inscribed scores from the composer on the market in over 50 years of records.