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Engraving by Carl Meyer, Nuremberg, [c.1827]. Beethoven : Overture to Fidelio transcribed for 4 hands by Moscheles.  London, [c.1825].  The commission to arrange the piano and vocal and piano solo scores of Beethoven's opera in its final version had been the means of introducing Moscheles to the composer and establishing a continuing friendship.  Both arrangements were published by the Vienna publisher Artaria in 1814.  The present arrangement for 4 hands is a later version, first published in London. La Marche d'Alexandre variée, Op.32. Nouvelle edition revue. Piano score. Vienna, [c.1823]. This brilliant concerted work dating from 1815 was the means of establishing Moscheles's international reputation as pianist and composer. Bonbonnière Musicale, Op.55. London, [1822]. The title page lithograph is after a drawing by Horace Vernet. Mendelssohn & Moscheles : Duo Concertant pour deux pianos avec accompagnement d'Orchestre, Op.87b. Leipzig, [1849]. This joint composition was produced for Moscheles's London concert at the King's Theatre on 1 May 1833. Anticipations of Scotland, Op.75. London, [1828].  This is a late impression but signed by the composer. Hommage à Haendel, Grand Duo, Op.92. Leipzig, [1835]. As Op.92 the complete work was first published in London in 1835, with a dedication to the composer's close friend William Horsley. Programme of the Farewell Concert for the violinist Franz Cramer (1772-1848), Hanover Square Rooms, 27 June 1844. A highlight in the programme was the joint appearance of Mendelssohn and Moscheles in the latter's Hommage à Handel, Op.92. The next day's Morning Post reported "Mendelssohn and Moscheles ... Their performance animated the company to the highest degree." This brilliant 2-piano work had partly originated in a commission from John Baptist Cramer (brother of Franz and also appearing on the present occasion) for his Annual Concert in London in 1822. Beethoven Works edited by J. Moscheles. Complete Edition. London, [1834 onwards]. Hallberger's Prachtf-Ausgabe der Classiker. Stuttgart, [1858 onwards]. Hallberger's Prachtf-Ausgabe der Classiker. Original wrapper for one of the items. Stuttgart, [1859]. This copy belonged to William Sterndale Bennett.