Autograph note on the composer's printed visiting card. Giuseppe VERDI.

Autograph note on the composer's printed visiting card.

Ca. 55 x 90 mm. Unsigned. In Italian (with translation).

Verdi would like additional information about a funeral mass ("Messa funebre").

"If you leave home ask about the funeral mass tomorrow in S. Lorenzo. I don't understand anything, but I would like to know what it's about."

One very light and small foxed spot to blank left margin of recto; a few light and small foxed spots to verso.

Verdi's mention of a "Messa funebre" could, in fact, refer to his own Messa da Requiem. Verdi's letters do occasionally refer to the "Messa funebre," although the abbreviated "Messa" is more common. In a letter to mezzo-soprano Maria Waldmann, dated October 23, 1873, Verdi writes "Of course I would be delighted that you could take part in the Funeral Mass for the anniversary of Manzoni..." Composed in memory of his friend, the Italian poet and novelist, Alessandro Manzoni, the Messa was first performed on May 22, 1874, the first anniversary of Manzoni's death. Item #24253

Price: $2,500.00  other currencies

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