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.

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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

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