Fine large lithographic proof by Barozzi of three scenes from the Comtesse de Merlin's 1838 biography of the noted Spanish mezzo-soprano, titled in pencil "Malibran en Italie." Maria MALIBRAN.

Fine large lithographic proof by Barozzi of three scenes from the Comtesse de Merlin's 1838 biography of the noted Spanish mezzo-soprano, titled in pencil "Malibran en Italie."

The first scene, entitled in pencilled manuscript "Triomphe à Naples," depicts Malibran in a carriage; the second, entitled "L'accident à Naples," depicts a boar startling the horses drawing her carriage, almost overturning it; and the third, entitled "à Venise," depicts Malibran with arms outstretched, presumably singing, being transported in a gondola, with a 3-member musical ensemble on the embankment. 270 x 346 mm.

Rare.

Malibran was the daughter of the composer Manuel Garcia (1775-1832) and sister of the noted mezzo-soprano Pauline Viardot (1821-1910).

"To judge from the parts adapted for her by both Donizetti and Bellini, the compass (g to e‴), power and flexibility of Malibran’s voice were extraordinary. Her early death turned her into something of a legendary figure with writers and poets during the later 19th century." Elizabeth Forbes in Grove Music Online.

Giovanni Barozzi, a Venetian lithographer and publisher, flourished ca. 1835-1845. Item #24783

Price: $575.00  other currencies

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