Die erste Walpurgisnacht.
Ballade von Goethe für Chor und
Orchester, op.60. A Full-Color
Facsimile of the Autograph Piano-Vocal Score Held in the Museum of
Educational Heritage at
Tamagawa University. Edited with Commentary by Hiromi Hoshino.
Tokyo, 2005. 24.4 x 32 cm, xii, 48, 76 pp.
Full-color facsimile edition of the recently
rediscovered autograph score, a fair copy with numerous revisions and
corrections on almost
every page. Die erste Walpurgisnacht is considered one of Mendelssohn’s
finest pieces and the
composer lavished much care on its composition which spanned from 1830
until 1843, finally
being published in 1844. This autograph of Die erste Walpurgisnacht was
presented to the late
Spanish cellist, Gaspar Cassadó by his patron, Giulietta
Gordigiani von Mendelssohn, and upon
Cassadó’s death it was inherited by his Japanese wife, the late
pianist Chieko Hara.
Subsequently it was donated by her family to Tamagawa University as
part of a large
collection of Cassadó’s former possessions. Critical commentary
in Eng-Jap. Clothbound. $468