The History of Western Music: Manuscripts from the Schøyen Collection

Online from 25 October – 8 November

 Music and musical notation from 9th century to present day, including works by Bach, Handel, Mozart, Beethoven, Verdi, Wagner and Tchaikovsky

London – This October, Christie’s will present The History of Western Music: Manuscripts from the Schøyen Collection, an online-only sale which showcases the history of music with one of the most extensive and wide-ranging collections to come to market. Open for bidding from 25 October to 8 November, the sale comprises over 150 lots from medieval notation to musical manuscripts, scores, drafts and composers’ letters spanning over 1200 years of human civilisation, including music by some of the greatest composers of all time: Bach, Handel, Mozart, Beethoven, Verdi, Wagner, Dvořák, Sibelius and Tchaikovsky. The sale is led by an autograph music manuscript by Tchaikovsky presenting two substantial sections from the first version of the opera Mazepa. Rare at auction, the score represents one of only three substantial Tchaikovsky autographs to appear in the last 40 years (estimate: £70,000-100,000, illustrated above).



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