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Inouïe ! La plus belle collection privée de manuscrits musicaux est en vente chez J & J Lubrano Music Antiquarians pour 135 millions de dollars.

Une opportunité rarissime.

Vous verrez sur le site de la Maison de vente Lubrano, la liste des manuscrits extraordinaires composant cette collection. La profusion et la rareté insigne des manuscrits musicaux de Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Ravel, Debussy, Chopin, Brahms, Mahler, Stravinsky, Bartok, Haydn, Mendelssohn, Prokofiev, Puccini, Schubert, Schoenberg, Weber, et d’autres… Des manuscrits d’oeuvres importantes, parmi les plus célèbres qu’il n’ait été donné d’entendre. A en donner le tournis ! Jamais une collection aussi considérable de manuscrits n’a été présentée sur le marché !

The Lehman Collection took nearly five decades to build, and a number of the manuscripts in the collection have a highly distinguished provenance. Previous owners include pianist Alfred Cortot; cellist and close friend of Chopin August Franchomme; musicologist Max Friedlaender; early 19th century pioneering musicologist and collector Aloys Fuchs; pianist and life-long friend of Ravel Lucien Garban; composers Charles Gounod and Michael Haydn; violinist and friend of Ravel Hélène Jourdan- Morhange; distinguished collector Louis Koch of Frankfurt, Germany; Gustav Mahler’s widow Alma Mahler; Russian choreographer and ballet dancer Léonide Massine; French composer, music critic and pupil of Ravel Roland-Manuel; great patron of the arts Princess Edmond de Polignac; Mahler’s nephew, son of Arnold Rosé, founder of the Rosé Quartet, Alfred Rosé; pianist Arthur Rubinstein; Swiss music critic and Richard Strauss biographer Willi Schuh; composer and pianist Clara Schumann; noted 19th century collector Edward Speyer; leading 19th century French mezzo-soprano and composer Pauline Viardot; and the noted late 18th-early 19th century Wilhelm Collection.

Of all of the previous owners, Alfred Cortot (1877-1962), whose important collection was formed in the early part of the 20th century, features most often. It would be nearly impossible for a collection of this quality and depth to be replicated today as there are so few important musical manuscripts still remaining in private hands and thus potentially available to the market.

The collection is currently on loan to the Morgan Library and Museum in New York City, which is very interested in adding it to its permanent holdings providing that funding can be secured. An acquisition by the Morgan would contribute significantly to the permanent musical resources of New York City by complementing the outstanding collections at such repositories as the New York Public Library and the Juilliard School. This does not preclude, however, a sale to an institution other than the Morgan, either in the US or abroad.

The Lehman Collection has come to be regarded throughout the world by scholars, performers and informed music-lovers alike, as an outstanding resource. The importance of consulting original manuscripts is well established and cannot be overestimated. The examination of primary source material is vitally important to our understanding of the creative process involved in musical composition.

Offered for sale by J & J Lubrano Music Antiquarians 351 West Neck Road, Lloyd Harbor, NY 11743 T 631-549-0672 – F 631-421-1677 –