Symphony No.2, Op.12 (Gouvy, Louis Théodore)
Paris: Richault, n.d.(ca.1847). Plate 7964 R.
Original images: 300dpi, grayscale jpg2000 files approx. 2190 by 3200 pixels. Editing: converted to black and white tif files, de-skewed, re-sampled to 600dpi, and set uniform margins. Plate number was missing from nearly all original images due to its location in the gutter. A somewhat rough copy with no clean up done.
Arrangements and Transcriptions
For Piano 4 Hands (composer)
Paris: Richault, n.d. . Plate 550 R.
The low plate number seems to imply a publication date around 1820, which given the usually accepted date of birth of the composer, implies a precocity slightly exceeding Mozart (who is not held to have composed a keyboard concerto until he was 4, biding his time and learning when he was a mere one year old like this.) Hrm.
Publication noted in the Bibliographie de la France (2d Series, Vol.2, No.24, 12 July 1858, p.311, reg. no.1050).
|Work Title||Symphony No.2|
|Composer||Gouvy, Louis Théodore|
|Year/Date of Composition||1848? (probably 1844–45)|
|First Publication||1847? – Paris: Richault / 1850 – Leipzig: Breitkopf und Härtel|
|Average Duration||32 minutes|
|Instrumentation||Orchestra: Flutes, Oboes, Clarinets (B♭), Bassoons + 4 Horns (2 each in F and C; F and D; 2 B♭, 1 F, 1 D), Trumpets (C/D/E♭), 3 Trombones + Timpani + Strings|
The recorded version of this symphony has Andante con moto, not Larghetto as does the "score to hand". (Actually, two versions, one a reduction, one a full score, have been digitized- will check the other, which has not yet been uploaded here. It's at, for those who want to have a look, and does seem to differ somewhat as soon as bar 13 (f in the orchestral version there, ff in the early-publication piano 4-hands reduction ; and the slow movement - which starts on page 113 of the full score of the later version - is Andante con moto.)
The full score of the version at Hathitrust has plate 7964 Richault (which suggests a publication date for it in the late 1840s- there seems not to be a matter of a "revised version" here, just a difference between full and reduced scores differing in tempo and several details not all subtle - though they may be considerations of piano duet reduction for effective performance that create some of those differences (and Gouvy knew his piano duet scoring).)
This was Gouvy's first symphony, I gather, composed 1844-45 and premiered 1846, but published second. His opus 9 (symphony "no.1" in E♭) may be the work composed 1848 referred to somewhere else.
The edition published by Richault (ca.1847, plate 7964) carries on its cover page mention that the work was also published in Leipzig by Breitkopf und Härtel. If they were simultaneous publications then perhaps the date for the Richault should be later than the ca.1847 tentatively suggested by its plate number.