Firenze: Ferd.o Lorenzi [PN 3560-3571], . Large oblong folio. Full modern green cloth, marbled endpapers. 1f. (recto title within decorative border, verso blank), 1f. (recto table of contents, verso named cast list), 5-267 pp. Engraved. Uncut. Several leaves partially unopened. Each number with its own secondary pagination to upper margin.
Named cast includes Cesare Badiali, Giuseppe Mori, Marietta Gazzaniga, Mazzarrini, Faustina Piombanti, Agostino Susini and Luigi Sanesi.
Occasional light foxing, staining, and soiling; title and several leaves with minor tears and slight loss to blank margins; early tape repairs to verso of title; some leaves without primary pagination. An attractive, clean, and wide-margined copy overall.
First Edition. Scarce. Schmidl, Vol. II, p. 1.
Eudossia e Paolo, the first of Mabellini's two oratorios, was first performed in Florence at the Palazzo Vecchio on June [?]24, 1845, "for the benefit of a children's home, according to its printed libretto. The two-part oratorio makes extensive use of chorus, far more so than does the typical Italian oratorio... The work received several additional performances in Florence and Livorno." Howard E. Smither: A History of the Oratorio, Vol. 4, p. 620.
"As a composer Mabellini had many strong qualities, notably an ability to work successfully in different genres, a mastery of counterpoint and orchestration, a solid musical grounding, a sure technique and a conscious adherence to the great Classical tradition... His fame today rests on his promotion of Italian musical culture." Francesco Bussi in Grove Music Online. Item #25661
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