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Franck, Violin Sonata: Sonata in A Major for Violin and Piano

By Matthew Wachtman

Complete scan

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Page 1

Page 1 of Franck Violin Sonata

Description of Item

Found in the Riemenschneider Bach Institute, this first-edition score contains many unique characteristics. Published by J. Hamelle in Paris, the score cost 20 Francs. The work itself was dedicated to violinist Eugéne Ysaÿe, who premiered the work with pianist, Marie-Léontine Bordes-Pène. Moreover, Franck dedicated this copy to Jeanne Rongier along with his signature. Written faintly on the title page is “composed 1886 – Published 1887.” It is unclear when this was written and by whom, but it confirms the composition date and highlights the one-year turn around between the composition and its publication. It appears that the score was used for performance, as there are markings on pages 10, 14, and 15. These annotations include two accidental reminders as well as a slash through a dynamic marking. While not extensive writing, it demonstrates some preparation on the part of a performer, specifically the pianist. 


This score was gifted to the RBI from the collection of Emmy Martin.