Sketch of the beginning of the
Multiple, later hands appear on this sketch leaf, providing insight into the history of this manuscript’s survival after Mozart’s death. In the top margin Constanze Mozart's second husband, Georg Nissen—who in the late 1790s helped her to catalogue Mozart's musical estate—wrote "By Mozart and in his hand." In the left margin and between staves 2 and 3, Maximilian Stadler, a friend and chief assistant in the effort to turn the estate to cash, wrote "NB / Beginning of an 8-voice fugue." In the upper right margin an unknown hand correctly identifies the piano concerto finale.
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