In 1761 Joseph Haydn, 29 years old, was free following financial difficulties of his first boss. He was hired as vice chapel master by Prince Esterhazy. Esterhazy died in the following year. His brother and successor Nicolaus Esterhazy so acknowledged the exceptional skill of his employee that he gave up the exclusivity. Haydn will remain in his service until the prince's death in 1790.
On December 7 in London, Sotheby's sells the final for choirs, horns, oboes and strings of a cantata composed by Haydn in 1764 in the name day of his patron, certainly in Eisenstadt which was the favorite residence of the prince.
This manuscript, complete for that movement, is estimated £ 150K, lot 217. It includes 89 bars of music over 10 pages 34 x 23 cm. The staves traced by a clumsy hand and the autograph corrections confirm that this private piece was not intended for publication. The rest of this cantata is kept at the Library of Congress in Washington DC.
This manuscript is the authentic autograph version of this cantata, with an Italian text. This private music is indeed not easy to analyze even by the best connoisseurs. A Latin version was used at a time when the manuscript had not resurfaced. The manuscript itself has been subject to additions by an anonymous hand. These changes that hampered its reading are mostly erased now.
SOLD for £ 270K including premium