comscore Mozart manuscript fails to sell; $200,000 bid was expected | Honolulu Star-Advertiser

Mozart manuscript fails to sell; $200,000 bid was expected


    This undated photo released by RR Auction shows one page of a handwritten musical score by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart for the third movement, “Allegro,” of his Serenade in D Major, circa 1773.

BOSTON >> A fragment from a Mozart manuscript for the third movement of his Serenade in D Major has failed to sell at a Boston auction.

It had been expected to sell today for more than $200,000.

The one-page handwritten “Allegro” musical manuscript is unsigned and has no date but is from around 1773.

Auction house RR Auction says it’s also known as “Antretter.” The auction house says it contains 13 precisely penned measures in an eight-staff system, scored for an orchestra of two oboes, two horns, strings and a solo violin.

Auction house executive vice president Robert Livingston says the music “shows off the virtuosity of the solo violinist” and likely was written to be played by Mozart himself.

It’s believed Mozart was 17 when he composed the serenade to celebrate a family friend’s university graduation.

Comments (0)

By participating in online discussions you acknowledge that you have agreed to the Terms of Service. An insightful discussion of ideas and viewpoints is encouraged, but comments must be civil and in good taste, with no personal attacks. If your comments are inappropriate, you may be banned from posting. Report comments if you believe they do not follow our guidelines.

Having trouble with comments? Learn more here.

Click here to see our full coverage of the coronavirus outbreak. Submit your coronavirus news tip.

Be the first to know
Get web push notifications from Star-Advertiser when the next breaking story happens — it's FREE! You just need a supported web browser.
Subscribe for this feature

Scroll Up