[Ca. 1815]. Oblong small folio (290 x 225 mm). Notated in ink on 10 staves per page. [i] (title), 22, [i] (blank) pp. Signature to lower right corner of title: "D' Antonio Valentatti." Systems of five staves. The work (in F major) consists of an introduction, the theme, five numbered variations, an unnumbered "Allegretto," a four-measure reminiscence of the theme marked "Andante," and a brief coda marked "Allegro." Occasional small stains and smudges; some show-through.
Sonata per Arpa Flauto e Fagotto Ridotta Dalla Clotilde di Coccia Espresamente per l'Egregio Sir Conte Gaetano Balleani. Small oblong folio. 1f. (title), 7, [iii] (blank) pp. Notated in ink on 12-staves per page. Signature to lower right corner of title: "D' Antonio Valentatti." Systems of four staves. The work (in E-flat major) has two movements. "Coccia" to head of first page of music (= first movement); "Valentatti" to head of fifth page of music (= second movement). Small stains to title.
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The opera Clotilde by Carlo Coccia (1782-1873) was first performed in 1815, allowing for a tentative date of the sonata. The key of E-flat major suggests that it was written for the single-action harp, which was tuned in that key.
Gaetano Balleani (also Gaetano Guglielmi Baldeschi, 1790-1831) was Count of Jesi, Italy. His name does not figure in the standard reference works, but he was allegedly a professional musician and took an interest in harps: "Don Antonio [Spontini, the composer's brother] started from 1818 a system of mail-order of harps and piano, by which the Erard Factory in Paris manufactured instruments for direct sale to the Marche Don Antonio collecting whatever profits accrued. A typical buyer was Count Gaetano Balleani, music professor, who asked for "the best harp ever produced at the Erards' factory." Andrew Everett: The Life and Works of Gaspare Pacifico Luigi Spontini (1777-1851) (Bloomington, IN: AuthorHouse, 2013), p. 124. Item #26880
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