Autograph musical quotation signed "M Costa." Sir Michael COSTA.

Autograph musical quotation signed "M Costa."

Notated, signed and dated [London] Eccleston Square, July 1866 in black ink on dark ivory paper with decorative embossing to right and left edges, ca. 66 x 92 mm.

Two measures of the aria "Tiranno cadrai" from Costa's opera Malvina (rev. as Malek Adel). Notated in treble clef on one stave with text underlay in Italian. In common time. Marked "Agitato."

Slightly worn; trimmed and laid down to paper mount.

Malvina was first performed at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples in 1829. The revised version, renamed Malek Adel, was first performed in London on May 18, 1837.

Costa was a British conductor and composer of Italian birth. [Costa's] compositions found no widespread favour with the public. Rossini’s judgment in 1856 speaks for itself: ‘Good old Costa has sent me an oratorio score and a Stilton cheese; the cheese was very fine’. Malek Adel, his most successful opera, contains no innovatory music whatsoever. The score is vigorous and noisy, but exhibits a lack of melodic inspiration (an unusual defect in an Italian composer). The one number touched by genuine emotion is Mathilde’s preghiera ‘Tu mi creasti l’anima’, which could pass for Donizetti." Costa's conducting "was thoughtful and level-headed... Though many of the subtleties of the highest kind of music were beyond his reach, he never failed to realize the general effect of the compositions he directed, and Meyerbeer, whose music for the 1862 exhibition he conducted, called him ‘the greatest chef d’orchestre in the world’." Nigel Burton and Keith Horner in Grove Music Online. Item #25492

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