Music, London, 23 May 2007, Sale LO7402 Sotheby's, London, 2007, Wraps, , , Fine
151 pp. 192 lots. Highlights: Beethoven, The only surviving ms. of the violin sonata in A, Op. 47, ''Kreutzer,'' sold for 311,200 GBP. Illustrations: A 8 photos of Maria Callas, one reproduced full page on back of wraps; ms. page of George Crumb's Frozen Time; A Joseph Haydn thamatic catalog from 1805 hitherto unknown to scholars, 108,000 GBP. Mendelssohn, autograph ms. of three early songs, one unkown and one (Der Wasserfall) only incompletely known, for 21,600 GBP. Erik Satie: 20 lots, with 11 illustrations of autograph letters and manuscripts.A fine autograph ms. of Sibelius in blue ink of Malinconia, Op. 20, for cello and piano, for 43,200 GBP. Beautifully and generously illustrated throughout.
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A Prairie Minuet
Slow bobbing, bobbing to and fro
With awkward steps across the grass,
In solemn lines they come and go
And like dancers change and pass.
Their ceiling is the deep blue sky,
The ball-room floor, the level plains,
Their music, winds that hurry by
This minuet of sand-hill cranes.