Chopin, Frédéric. (1810-1849)
Signed 1840 Agreement with the Publisher Troupenas
A very rare signed document from the Polish composer and pianist, confirming receipt of an advance of 1000 francs on delivered manuscripts to the Parisian publisher Eugène-Théodore Troupenas. 1 page. Paris, March 14, 1840. 10.3 x 20,5 cm. The document prepared by a representative of the publishing company, signed by the composer in full "Fréderic Chopin." The verso of the present receipt is printed "Dépôt Central de la Librairie et de la Musique, Rue des Filles St. Thomas № 5/Place de la Bourse" and "Paris, le 183/M." Some modest toning and wear along the left edge, overall very fine. A great rarity.
Acknowledgement of receipt of an advance payment from Eugène-Théodore Tropupenas (1798-1850), who lead the important musical publishing firm in Paris for a quarter of a century, beginning in 1825. Due to a conflict with the publishers Schlesinger and Pleyel from around 1839, Chopin decided in March of 1840 to contract with Troupenas and cooperation between the firm and the the composer continued through 1841. During this time, Troupenas issued Chopin's Op. 35-41, among which were the Piano Sonata No. 2 and some of the composer's most celebrated works. It is not known whether this agreement also included op. 43, which was issued by the same Publisher in 1841.
The present document has been authenticated by Hanna Wroblewska-Straus, Emeritus Director of The Frederick Chopin Institute in Warsaw and one of the leading Chopin scholars in the world.