GOUNOD Charles (1818-1893). MANUSCRIT MUSICAL...

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GOUNOD Charles (1818-1893). MANUSCRIT MUSICAL...

GOUNOD Charles (1818-1893).
MANUSCRIT MUSICAL autograph signed "Ch. Gounod", Suite concertante in 4 parts for piano-pedal and orchestra, arrangement for piano-pedal and piano (1886); 1 title page and 32 pages in folio
, bound in one volume half-basane garnet.

Manuscript of Gounod's transcription of his Suite

concertante for piano-pedal and piano.


On January 14, 1886, Gounod gave to Alphonse Leduc, for 7.000 francs, the ownership of a Suite concertante with pianopedalier, of which he was to give the manuscript on April 7, then a reduction for piano of the orchestral part and a transcription for two pianos (which will finally be made by Saint-Saëns). It is the meeting of the young and pretty Lucie Palicot, virtuoso of the pedal-piano, that prompted Gounod to write a concertante work for this rare instrument, for which he composed three other works
































, and of which she is the dedicatee.



Paul Landormy remembered Lucie Palicot playing : "the strange impression was of this very graceful and cute person perched on a huge box containing the low strings of the pedalboard under a concert piano resting on the box; and above all, what surprised us, quite pleasantly enough moreover, was to see Madame Palicot dressed in a short knee-length skirt, very necessary, but astonishing at the time, and very skillfully squeezing her pretty legs to reach successively the different keys of the keyboard she had under her feet, just











































































like an organ pedalboard.
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