Piano Concerto No.3 (Thurner, Théodore)


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Publisher. Info. Composer's autograph manuscript (?), holograph (?), n.d. (post-1880?).
Misc. Notes Original images: approx. 260dpi color jpg files approx. 2560 by 3330 pixels.
The Morgan Library incorrectly attributes the score to Théodore Thurner (1806–1845).
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Work Title Piano Concerto No.3
Alternative. Title 3e Concerto
Composer Thurner, Théodore
Key F minor
First Publication. Unpublished (?)
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Romantic
Piece Style Romantic
Instrumentation Solo: piano
2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets (B), 2 bassoons + 2 horns (C), 2 trumpets (C), 3 trombones + timpani + strings

Misc. Comments

The name on the first page of the manuscript full score is "Thurner (Théod aîné)." A comparison of the work list found at Biographie universelle des musiciens et bibliographie générale de la musique, Supplement Vol.2 (1881), page 576 confirms this work to be by Théodore Thurner (1833–1907) whose compositions were usually published under the name "Théodore Thurner aîné" (or ainé).
This concerto would appear to be mentioned at the end of the biography of Thurner published in Dictionnaire de biographie des hommes celebres de l'Alsace..., Vol.2, p.875 (1909–10):
A l'occasion de sa réception solennelle à l'Academie de Marseille, il fit exécuter par un de ses élèves favoris son Troisème Concerto, pièce remarquable à tous égards.

I was mistaken in my translation of Aîné, as I recall, it does mean older or younger -brother-, I think, not senior or junior as in father or son... - which still doesn't solve the problem quite exactly :) it just means maybe he had a younger brother who composed (and maybe not). - Schissel (or rather, that someone could be both aîné (elder brother) and le jeune (the younger- son, as in, jr.) - genealogically vertically- I think. Maybe. Hrm. ...Erm.)

(Formerly owned by Alfred Cortot (along, RISM seems to hint, with over 150 other items). I wonder if he performed or even premiered it?)

As an amusing sideline, in the Dictionary of Famous Alsatian Men, sorry, People, referred to above, the article establishes that Th. Thurner : "Très modeste, Thurner ne recherchait pas les hommes" then goes on to clarify the point by stressing his complete indifference of honors (="honneurs", not "hommes" !!). - Jurabe