His intense social activity is productive : the best musicians of this great period come to discuss with him what their colleagues are doing. A musical autograph sketch by Beethoven traded and inscribed in 1831 by Fuchs to Chopin was sold for € 250K including premium by Sotheby's on October 17, 2012.
In 1830 Fuchs took a 22 x 18 cm music notebook of 170 pages with eight staves per page to begin his Album on the model of an album amicorum. All the outstanding musicians of his time thus inscribed therein one or more pages of music, but only once per author. Mendelssohn, also a keen collector of musical autographs, was one of the first to write in the album.
The interest for a musicologist to compare the best musicians in a single document is obvious. In 1832 he inserts the manuscript of a song written by Beethoven who had died in 1827. Schumann publishes this opus in 1839 after having consulted it in the album.
The 170 pages are insufficient for that Fuchs project. He inserts additional folios. In 1851 the album reaches 218 pages handwritten and signed by 112 composers. A few blank pages indicate that Fuchs had not finished when he died in 1853.
The Musikalisches Album of Aloys Fuchs is estimated € 500K for sale by Ader-Nordmann for OVA Aristophil at Paris Hôtel Drouot on June 20, lot 1198.
SOLD for € 585K including premium