Musical manuscript in the hand of Respighi's wife, the composer Elsa Respighi (née Olivieri Sangiacomo), dated June 1942 at conclusion and 1943 on title.
Folio (320 x 234 mm.). Unbound. 1f. (recto title, verso blank), 10 pp. Notated in ink on 12-stave "GRT 1103" music paper. With numerous additions, alterations, and corrections in red pencil.
Slightly worn and browned; 2" tear to final leaf with no loss.
The song dates from 1915 and was published, together with the other three "Rispetti Toscani" for voice and piano, in 1915. P(Pedarra) 103.
The present arrangement appears to be unpublished.
"Despite the eclecticism and uneven quality of his output as a whole, the colourful inventiveness of his most successful works has won them an international popularity unmatched by any other Italian composer since Puccini." John C.G. Waterhouse, Janet Waterhouse and Potito Pedarra in Grove Music Online.
Elsa Respighi was an Italian singer and composer. "She studied in Rome with Sgambati (piano), Remigio Renzi (harmony and counterpoint), and Ottorino Respighi (composition), whom she married in 1919... A singer with a fine technique and an interpreter of considerable taste, she undertook many concert tours, accompanied at the piano by Respighi, some of whose compositions she first performed. After an initial period as a composer of mainly songs with piano accompaniment, she abandoned composition almost entirely to devote herself to her husband's career, and, after his death, to preserving his memory by publishing books and organizing conferences, performances, recordings and new editions of the music. As well as completing unfinished compositions, she also made some transcriptions of his work." Antonio Trudu in Grove Music Online.
We would like to thank Dr. Potito Pedarra for his kind assistance in confirming the authenticity of this manuscript.
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