Copyist William Kupfer’s manuscript in black ink serving as publisher N. Simrock’s Stichvorlage, extensively revised and annotated by composer in black crayon, with additional markings in blue and green crayon. Autograph title page shared between op. 118 and op. 119, signed with initials, extensively annotated and revised by Brahms throughout, with the addition of the autograph titles to each piece; Brahms has written the title page in ink (“Fantasien/ Fantasien fur Pianoforte von J.B. Op. 118…”), with autograph alterations and additions in blue crayon and pencil (“Clavierstucke…Ballade…Romanze…”), and an autograph instruction to the engraver (“Wiederholungen nicht ausstechen!”), with deletions and alterations (including: “gilt”); the score is written in brown ink on four two-stave systems per page, with autograph titles to each piece written in pencil and blue crayon.


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