Franck, César. (1822–1890) & Braud, Paul. (1860–?) [[Cortot, Alfred. (1877–1962)]

"Eros et Psyché" - Inscribed to Thérèse César Franck, later in the Cortot Collection

Paris: O. Bornemann. 1904.

"Eros et Psyché ... Fragment de Psyché. Transcription pour deux pianos par Paul Braud." An inscribed and hand-corrected early, possibly final proof, printing of the final movement of Franck's symphonic poem Psyché, as arranged for two pianos by Paul Braud, this copy inscribed by the pianist and arranger to the composer's granddaughter, "À Mlle Thérèse César Franck / respectueux hommage de Paul Braud / Les Eolides / 25 Septembre 1905," and inscribed additionally with a further autograph note reading (Translated from the French), "Finished on October 15, 1890 and performed for the first time before César Franck on the 30th of the same month, this transcription is the last piece the author of Psyché ever heard."["Terminée le 15 octobre 1890 et exécutée pour la première fois devant César Franck le 30 du même mois, cette transcription est le dernier morceau qu'ait entendu l'auteur de Psyché"]. Upright folio. Separate parts for Piano 1 and 2: Title (vb); 1 - 12pp [identified in pencil at the head "...le 1er piano"], title with above inscriptions, music with handwritten tempo markings at the head and corrected publication date at foot of first page (both in ink) and with markings throughout in pencil, including tempi, expressive instructions and fingerings;  1 - 12pp. music with handwritten tempo markings at the head and corrected publication date at foot of first page (both in ink) and with occasional markings in pencil. Both parts heavily worn, with title separated and spine reinforced with tape, tears and chipping around margins. From the Collection of Alfred Cortot.

Éros et Psyché is the final movement of Psyché, Franck's massive symphonic poem in four parts composed in 1886-87 at the same time as the Violin Sonata, one of five poèmes symphoniques composed under the influence of Franz Liszt. 

One of the 20th century’s most influential — yet inimitable — classical figures, Alfred Cortot was born in 1877 in Switzerland to a French father and a Swiss mother, and he based his long career as a pianist, conductor and teacher in Paris. Cortot was one of history's most renowned interpreters of Franck, his best recordings setting an enduring standard and his 1910 book L’Œuvre pianistique de César Franck  remaining an important resource regarding the composer's music. 


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