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The young Raff
The young Raff

Catalogue: Lost or destroyed works

This full catalogue is also listed by by date and by genre. See the Introduction for an explanation of the symbols and for more information.

Raff was often criticised for writing too much music, and in several fits of self-criticism he withdrew and destroyed some of his early works from the 1840s. Also lost, although not necessarily deliberately destroyed, were his first attempts at writing orchestral and chamber music, including his first symphony. These works are listed under either their original Opus number or their WoO. number. They are also included in the Opus Number and WoO order listings.

     
Date
Publisher & date
Notes
WoO.1
Trois Fantasies de Soir
Three Night Fantasies
Piano 1841 Lost - destroyed by Raff
WoO.2
Schicksale
Fate
Piano 1841 Lost
Op.15
Fantasie über 2 Charktere aus den Pariser Mysterien des Sue
Fantasy on 2 Characters from the Paris Mysteries of Sue
Piano Early 1844 Lost - 1st. Op.15. Destroyed by Raff after showing to Liszt.
Op.16
Drei Lieder des Lord Byron
Three Lieder from Lord Byron
Voice & Piano Spring 1844 Lost - 1st. Op.16. Destroyed by Raff after showing to Liszt.
Op.17
Drei Charakterstücke
Three Character pieces
Piano Summer 1844 Lost - 1st. Op.17. Destroyed by Raff after showing to Liszt.
Op.18
Drei Lieder von Julius Scheffel
Three Lieder from Julius Scheffel
Voice & Piano October 1844 Lost - 1st. Op.18. Destroyed by Raff after showing to Liszt.
Op.19
Jarner Fantasie im ländlichen Stile
Jarner Fantasy in rural style
Piano November 1844 Lost - 1st. Op.19. Destroyed by Raff after showing to Liszt. Jarnen is the title of a Swiss legend.
Op.20
Jaléo und Xeres: Zwei Spanische Tänze (nach Spanischen Nationalmelodien)
Jaléo and Xeres: two Spanish Dances (after Spanish national melodies)
Piano December 1844 Lost - 1st. Op.20. Destroyed by Raff after showing to Liszt.
Op.16
Impromptu Piano August 1845 Lost - 2nd. Op.16 - Destroyed by Raff in September 1849.
Op.19
Acht Lieder von Mendelssohn
Eight Lieder by Mendelssohn
Piano October 1845 Lost - 2nd. Op.19. Manuscript was owned for many years by Franz Kroll.
Op.28
Deux airs fameux de l'opéra "Robert le Diable" de G. Meyerbeer, transcrits
Two famous airs from the opera "Robert le Diable" by G. Meyerbeer, transcribed
Piano April 1846 Lost - destroyed by Raff in September 1849. Manuscript had 17 pages.
Op.29
Liebesfrühling: Dichtungen ohne Worte
Spring Love: Poems without words
Piano April & May 1846 Lost - destroyed by Raff in September 1849. 6 nos. Manuscript had 33 pages.
Op.30
Deux Mazurkas suivies d'une Sérénade espagnol
Two Mazurkas after a Spanish serenade
Piano May 1846 Lost - destroyed by Raff in September 1849. Manuscript had 12 pages.
Op.33
Albumstück
Album Piece
Piano Summer 1846 Lost - destroyed by Raff in February 1850. Manuscript had 17 pages. In Mazurka style.
WoO.3
Alla Tarantella: Caprice Piano Summer 1846 Lost - destroyed by Raff.
WoO.4
Scherzo fantastique
Fantastic Scherzo
Piano Autumn 1846 Lost - destroyed by Raff in Stuttgart in 1847.
WoO.5
Sérénade Piano Early 1847 Lost - destroyed by Raff in Stuttgart in 1848.
WoO.6
Sicilienne Piano Early 1847 Lost - destroyed by Raff in 1848.
WoO.7
Fantasie über Themen aus Kücken's "Prätendent"
Fantasy on themes from Kücken's "Prätendent"
Piano December 1847 Lost - last known of at the publisher Kistner.
WoO.9

Trio
Trio [Piano Trio]

Piano Trio Spring & Summer 1849 Lost - destroyed by Raff. Based on Mendelssohn's C minor Trio.
WoO.10
Große Fantasie über Motive aus der Oper "Das Diamantkreuz" von Seigfried Salomon
Grand Fantasy on motifs from the opera "Das Diamantkreuz" by Siegfried Salomon
Piano November 1849 Lost - Manuscript was held by the dedicatee, Freiherrn von König of Stuttgart.
WoO.13
Quartett
Quartet [String Quartet]
String Quartet Summer 1849
- Spring 1850
Lost - destroyed by Raff. In C major. 3rd. Movement a fugal adagio.
WoO.15
Fest-Ouverture
Festival Overture
Orchestra April & May 1851 - January 1852 Lost
WoO.18
Große Sinfonie
Grand Symphony
Orchestra 1854 Lost. In 5 movements. 4th. & 5th. movements re-used in op.101 Suite. Also described by Raff as an Orchester-Suite.

A definitive 314 page Catalogue of Raff's Music has been published by raff.org. It contains much more information than can be included on the website and can be ordered direct from the Raff Shop.

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