Oblong folio (300 x 235 mm). Sewn. [i] (title, 21, [ii] (blank) pp. Notated in ink on 12-stave paper.Ascription to title: "Del Sigo M:ro Nicolini." Note to lower right corner of title: "Per uso della Nobil Donzella La Sig:ra Marchesa Ignazia Roberti;" "Po. I No. 24," to lower left corner of title. Various watermarks.
Twelve-stave systems. Scored for  Oboè,  Clarini [!Clarinetti in C],  Corni in Fa,  Fagotti,  Violini, Viole, two unidentified vocal staves [for Volunia and Coriolano] in soprano clef, unfigured instrumental bass, Piano-Forte. In F major.
Numerous ink stains and smudges, especially to first leaves; some worming to title, lower margin slightly dampstained, early paper repair to lower inner corner.
From an unpublished opera, the duet only published by Ricordi in Milan in 1808 (PN 24), also in full score with piano reduction but apparently with Coriolano's part changed from soprano (castrato) to tenor. RISM lists approximately 15 copies of the duet (with or without other parts from the opera) for varying forces.
An opera seria in two acts with a libretto by Luigi Romanelli, first performed in Milan at La Scala on December 26, 1808.
"Around 1800, Nicolini was one of the main masters of opera seria and classical bel canto... As an outspoken specialist in opera seria he was especially successful with his large-scale castrato arias, and the decline of that voice type precipitated his fall from favor in the time of [post-Napoleonic] restoration..." Arnold Jacobshagen in MGG2. Item #26902
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