Academic journal article Fontes Artis Musicae

A New Work for Violin and Piano by Vincent D'Indy (1851-1931) Has Been Discovered

Academic journal article Fontes Artis Musicae

A New Work for Violin and Piano by Vincent D'Indy (1851-1931) Has Been Discovered

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A New Work for Violin and Piano by Vincent D'Indy (1851-1931) has been discovered. The "Andante pour piano et violon" by Vincent d'Indy consists of 120 measures, more challenging to the pianist, which may be the reason for the order of the instruments in the title. The work has a duration of approximately four minutes and does not appear in any work catalogues of the composer. For that reason, the Andante is considered to be unpublished, and is presented here for the first time. No performance of the work can be found, hence it awaits its world premiere.

The "Andante pour piano et violon" was most likely composed in 1876. The inscription at the end of the autograph manuscript shows the following date in Roman numerals The penned year fits best to 1876, which should read "Cl | CCCLXXVI". Curiously, Vincent d'Indy wrote "LL" or "VL" in the middle of the code, both of which are incorrect in Roman numeral writing.

To prove that this composition and handwriting is by Vincent d'Indy, the editor, Tobias Broecker, checked several documents and found that the signature on the final page of the autograph manuscript of "Fervaal", an opera composed between 1889 and 1895 by Vincent d'Indy, clearly matches that on the Andante. With its characteristic and unique signature "V.I" with the swinging connection of the letters as well as the distinctive writing of the year of composition in Roman numerals below, demonstrates that my manuscript is indeed an autograph by Vincent d'Indy. …

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