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TOMASEK, Vaclav (Bohemian composer and music teacher, 1774-1850). Tomasek's album amicorum, Prague and occasionally other places, 1801-1848, the contributors including:
TOMASEK, Vaclav (Bohemian composer and music teacher, 1774-1850). Tomasek's album amicorum, Prague and occasionally other places, 1801-1848, the contributors including:

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TOMASEK, Vaclav (Bohemian composer and music teacher, 1774-1850). Tomasek's album amicorum, Prague and occasionally other places, 1801-1848, the contributors including:

Johann Wolfgang von GOETHE (1749-1832). Autograph manuscript poem, Eger, 6 August 1822, 'Liebe-schmerzlicher Zwie-Gesang unmittelbar nach dem Scheiden' [the first two stanzas of 'Äolsharfen. Gespräch'], opening 'Ich dacht ich habe keinen Schmerz', 14 lines on two pages, oblong 8vo, minor variants from the published text, signed and inscribed on verso in autograph 'Für innige Theilnahme an meinen Gesängen danckbar, zu freundlichem Erinnern genussreichen Stunden';

other contributors include Louis SPOHR (musical quotation signed, a 'Canon zu 14 Stimmen' [sic], 1 October 1833), Niccolò PAGANINI (autograph sentiment, 'Bisogna forte sentire per far sentire [you need to feel strongly to make yourself heard]', 8 January 1829), Clara SCHUMANN (signed as Clara Wieck, Vienna, 1 December 1837), Johann Nepomuk HUMMEL (musical quotation signed, Prague, 29 April 1820), Franz LISZT and others, altogether approximately 62 leaves, oblong 8vo (96 x 152mm), 32 of them illustrated with an attractive variety of drawings, watercolours and other decorations, index, unbound, in a red straight-grained morocco slipcase gilt in the form of a book, outer paper slipcase.

Tomasek was a pivotal figure in Bohemian musical history, 'the focal point of Prague musical life' (Grove 6) during his lifetime. He was a pioneer in the Romantic lyrical style of keyboard composition, and is particularly known for his settings of the Goethe's poems (from 1815 onwards). The presentation of set of these to the poet in 1818 initiated a friendly correspondence, culminating in the meeting at the spa town of Eger (modern Cheb) in 1822; they met again at Marienbad the following year. His memoirs, published between 1845 and 1850, recount his meetings with a number of the musicians recorded in his album.

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