Oblong folio (ca. 225 x 297 mm). Sewn. [i] (title), 30, [i] (blank) pp. Unpaginated. Notated in black ink on laid paper with 10 rastrum-drawn staves per page. Partially uncut.
Scored for 2 horns in F, 2 flutes, violin I and II, voila, bassoon, violin solo, soprano (Decebalo), and basso. Copied in two early 19th-century hands.
Minor soiling and staining to outer bifolium and edges of several leaves; many leaves with pinhole to upper corner.
Both "Ah' se mi lasci... " and Traiano in Dacia exist in manuscript in European libraries. The aria was published in two early Viennese editions, by Artaria (part of "Pezzi favoriti dell'... Trajano in Dacia... " arranged for clavicembalo; ca. 1808) and Thadé Weigl. The opera seems not to have been published in its entirety. RISM A/1/13, p. 200. RISM and Grove Music Online. Worldcat.
Traiano in Dacia was first performed at the Teatro Argentina in Rome on February 3 (or 7), 1807.
"As one of the last representatives of the old Neapolitan school, which by 1800 was in decline and was soon to be engulfed in a process of national unification of musical taste (to which the work of Rossini was to give the strongest impetus), Nicolini imitated its models with ability but reduced them to stereotyped formulae. Nevertheless, for about 20 years, principally between 1811 and 1820, he could count on an enormous public, even outside Italy, who exalted him to the level of the most celebrated masters. In 1807 in Rome, his Traiano in Dacia, starring the castrato Velluti, defeated Cimarosa’s much-loved classic Gli Orazi ed i Curiazi in a contest for popular favour." He was eclipsed by Rossini in later years, and "abandoned the theatre completely in 1831 to devote himself to sacred music." Andrea Lanza in Grove Music Online. Item #25107
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