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Exceptional Pieces

The items below came from Alexandre Duvoir's personal music collection, and cover mostly the period when he was at the Paris Conservatoire. The most interesting pieces are near the top, followed by pieces that are more known. Some of these pieces are not known! They are posted here for academic purposes. You may not use any material for personal gain without written permission. In most cases if the piece is original, some pages from the piece are not posted. That does not mean we don't have it, only that it is not posted to protect from improper use. If these is a need to view the complete piece, please let us know.
 
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There is speculation as to why Duvoir had these pieces which obviously belonged to Georges Gillet at some time. One theory is that he may have acquired them after Gillet's death, as Duvoir was in France until 1920. Another is that he acquired these items while at the Conservatoire. I belive the second theory is true as many of the pieces have Duvoir's signature on them as well. It does not seem likely that Duvoir would have signed a stack of music as his own, particularly after he was long away from the classroom.
 
These are not "For Sale" items.
 
G. Vogt: Melodie Anglaise
Melodie Anglaise is apparently the oldest piece in the collection, and is dated December 15, 1868. This item bears the name of Eugene Gillet, which was the name of Georges father.
 
This copy has a machine printed page that is glued to the cover, but everything else is hand-penned.
 
Some pages ommited in photos - contact us if you need them.
 
Comment on this piece is appreciated.

 Georges Guilhaud: Trois Pieces pour Hautbois and Piano

This is a three-part set consisting of (in no specic order - help here) "Andante religieux" (1887), "Madrigal" (1887) and "Polonaise" (1885, 1887 - two dates shown), each within its own binder.

All are hand-penned and bear the name "Georges Gillet". At the time of writing, this appears to be unpublished work.

Notice on "Polonaise", page 8 (last image in gallery) that the piano music is dated 1885, but the oboe music is dated 1887.

Some pages ommited in photos - contact us if you need them. Comment on this piece is appreciated.

 Georges Guilhaud: Concerto pour Hautbois

18 pages of music. The "Concertio pour Hautbois" by Guilhaud is well known, this piece is not. Hand-penned and bare the name of "Georges Gillet". There is a lot of notation. Dated 1885.

Believed to be music from Gillet's music library at the Paris Conservatory.

"Georges Guilhaud is known almost exclusively by his ubiquitous Concertino for oboe, which has been transcribed and published for clarinet, alto and tenor saxophone.  It has been recorded (with piano) several times).
The oboe Concerto you have from Gillet's collection is an item of which I had been  unaware.  I believe it is undocumented (although I would have to check some more sources to be sure) and certainly unpublished.  What you have is very likely the sole copy, and probably a holograph." Michael Finkelmann

Georges Guilhaud: 2 Pieces pour Cor-Anglais, Orchestration

Hand-penned baring the stamp of Georges Gillet on all pages. This is orchestration for 29 instruments. The style of copy is quite a bit more hurried than other pieces in the collection. Draft pencil marks appear under the ink.

It is believed this piece is unknown.

1st Violin and Cors. music shown in its entirety. Other pages have not been photographed.

Comment of this piece is appreciated.

G. Vogt: Air Varie en Sol

There are two versions of this piece, one with piano, one without. Both are hand-penned including the cover. In pencil is the signature A. Duvoir.

Piece 1 is oboe, and bares the name "Georges Gillet-Vital" (Vital was one of Georges middle names). 4 pages.

Piece 2 is oboe and piano and bares the name "Georges Gilet". Of note on this piece is that staff lines are in blue. No other works in the collection have blue staffs. 9 pages.

S Verroust: Le Ranz des Vaches

Stamped Georges Gillet in upper left, signed by Georges Gillet in upper right. Believed to be original Gillet signature.

Machine printed copy with some notation. Year unknown.

All pages shown, except blank pages.

 S. Verroust: Premier Solo

Hand-penned with some pencil notation. Not known if this piece is part of a larger piece. 3 pages, plus chicken-scratches on page four in pencil. Not know if pencil is related to this piece. Year unknown. (help please)

 C. de Grandval: Deux Pieces pour Hautbois

This piece is significant because it is inscribed by Grandval to Gillet (see page 1).

Date unknown. Machine printed. Contains separate solo parts. All pages shown.

Since this edition is Hartmann which became Heugel in 1891, this piece would have been published before then.

 C. de Grandval: Concerto pour Hautbois

Dated 1877 for Georges Gillet. Hand-penned with oboe and piano parts. It is not known if this copy differs from known copies. 24 pages, several ommitted.

Detail of inscription shown in gallery.

After reviewing numerous handwriting samples from C. de Grandval, I am 100% convinced this is original in her hand.

I have been told this is the only known manuscript copy of the piece.

 

C. de Grandval: Hautbois Solo

Hand-penned on period paper. This is the solo part for "Deux Pieces". (Page 6 ommitted).

This piece is a formal copy and does not show many corrections. Though the pen style is different than the other Grandval pieces, there are some notations that appear very similar. It is possible this is in Grandval's hand, but with a formal pen and careful calligraphy.

Apparently this piece is known with a printed copy at the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris.

I believe this is an original manuscript in Grandval's hand, but because I have not yet found other writing in the same formal presentation style, the evidence is not as solid as for the informal pieces.

 C. de Grandval: Hautbois Solo (Copy 2)

Hand-penned on period paper. This is the solo part for "Deux Pieces" (page 7 ommitted).

This is a rough copy with a lot of corrections, and could represent a very early draft.

After reviewing numerous handwriting samples from C. de Grandval, I am 100% convinced this is original in her hand.

 C. de Grandval: Pieces pour Cor Anglais

These pieces are not labeled with composer. It appears to be the same hand that penned the two copies above of "Hautbois Solo".

Apparently this piece is known with a printed copy at the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris.

After reviewing numerous handwriting samples from C. de Grandval, I am 100% convinced this is original in her hand.

"These are three of the four pieces for English horn and piano that Grandval wrote for Gillet.  He in fact performed only three in concert, and I have to assume these are the three.  The first one that appears in your attachment (Valse, labeled No. 2) is entitled Valse lente in the published edition, and does appear as the second of the pair that were published in Grandval's lifetime.  The second item in the attachment, labeled No. 4 (Allegro non troppo) is new to me, and unpublished.  The third item in the attachment, labeled No. 3 (Andante con moto) is entitled Prélude in the published edition, and is the first of the two pieces that were published (together).  If you somewhere had the missing fourth piece, that would be wonderful, as no manuscripts of these are to be found in the French National Library." Michael Finkelman

 C. de Grandval: Quatre Pieces Pour Cor Anglais

Formal copy, beleived to be original holograph. Writing style is much like "Solo pour Hautbois" above. Note: Last four pages are not bound in the copy and are on different, yet what appears to be paper of the same period.

Several scholars have indicated this piece is the piece mentioned in the account, but lost to history until now.

After reviewing numerous handwriting samples from C. de Grandval, I am 100% convinced this is original in her hand.

I found this account from Le Menestrel, 20 January, 1878. (Translated to engling using babel fish):
"
The National company of Music made us hear with his last concert four parts for the cor anglais, composed by Mrs. de Grandval, and carried out by the first oboe solo of the Company in the Concerts, Mr. Georges Gillet. The public accomodated by unanimous applause the work of Mrs. de Grandval, admirably carried out by the young person and eminent artist. It is so seldom given to us to hear this splendid instrument whose Mr. Gillet obtains incomparable effects, that we could not thank too much Mrs. de Grandval and Mr. Gillet to have gotten this pleasure to us."

 
 

 Albert Andraud - Signed Music Books

Two music books signed by Andraud to Duvoir

  • First book of studies, Oboe c. 1933. Cover, fingering chart and page 2 shown.
  • The Oboist's Concert Album c. 1935. Cover and page 2 shown. (cover is orange - bad color on photo). (Only covers shown as this piece may not be in the public domain and is generally well known).
 
 
 Note: These works are assumed to be in the public domain per infomation found at IMSLP / Petrucci Library.
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