The young Anton Bruckner (1824–1896) was evidently familiar with the works of Michael Haydn (1737–1806). As early as 1841, during his teacher training in Linz, the 17-year-old Bruckner worked on Haydn’s first German Mass “Hier liegt vor deiner Majestät” (“Here lies before your Majesty”) and created a twelve-page organ excerpt transposed to B major: he integrated the vocal parts into the three- to four-part movement and placed the texts between the staves. This manuscript, important for both our perception of Haydn and Bruckner research, will be offered for sale on 2 December 2021 as part of the autograph auction. This autograph with complete provenance, which has been exhibited several times since its publication in 1995, is one of the earliest surviving sheet music manuscripts of the great Austrian composer.
Information: Andreas Löbbecke, specialist for autographs, manuscripts, certificates