RACHMANINOV SYMPHONY MANUSCRIPT SELLS AT AUCTION

May 21, 2014

By Scott Walker

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The only known original copy of one of Sergei Rachmaninov’s most famous works has sold at auction.

Sotheby’s sold the hand-written copy of Rachmaninov’s Second Symphony in E minor to a private collector for $2.2-million.

The score is 320 pages long. It was presumed lost after the symphony premiered in St. Petersburg in 1908. But it was discovered in a private collection ten years ago.

The symphony was thought to have undergone revisions after its premiere, making the manuscript the only record of Rachmaninov’s original vision.

 

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