Peace & Love. Duet for soprano and contralto with piano accompaniment. Autograph musical manuscript signed. Text by J.E. Carpenter.

Folio, 11.5" x 9.5" (291 x 242 mm.). Sewn into plain brown wrappers with manuscript titling to upper. 11 pp. Notated in dark brown ink on 12-stave rastrum-ruled paper with watermark dated 1860.

Slightly worn and soiled; some stitching loose; two minor diagonal creases.

COPAC (an edition published in London by Addison, Hollier & Lucas, 1862, at Cambridge; an edition without imprint dated ca. 1855 at Oxford).

"A morning concert was given on Thursday, the 19th instant, at No. 19, Seymour Street, Portman Square... for the benefit of Lady Petre's Crèche or Day Nursery. The Mesdames L. Sherrington, C. and R. Doria, Herren Stockhausen and Waldeck were the vocalists; with Madame Sydney Pratten, Herr Strauss, and Mr. Charles Hallé as instrumentalists, the whole being conducted by M. Francesco Berger... Several popular and classical pieces by Beethoven, Mozart, Scarlatti, Pergolese, Heller, and Handel, &c., made up a capital programme. Berger's pleasing duet, 'Peace and Love,' was sung with much taste by the Sister Doria, who were loudly applauded." The Musical World, June 18, 1870.

Berger was an English pianist and composer. "In 1848 he went to Trieste where he studied piano with Aegidius Karl Lickl and composition with Luigi Ricci... In about 1852 Berger decided to continue his studies in Leipzig, and took private lessons there with Moritz Hauptmann and Louis Plaidy. In 1855 he returned to London and established himself as a teacher of piano, appearing as soloist in concerts in London and the provinces. He became a friend of Charles Dickens, and composed the music for Dickens’s productions of two plays by Wilkie Collins, The Lighthouse (1855) and The Frozen Deep (1857)... Berger composed over 100 light piano pieces, and almost the same number of short vocal pieces." Rosemary Williamson in Grove Music Online.

A professor at the Royal Academy of Music, Berger became a member of the London Philharmonic Society in 1871 and was its secretary from 1884 until 1911, corresponding with many musical luminaries of the day in that capacity including Tchaikovsky, whom he met on the composer's visits to London in 1888, 1889, and 1893. Item #31182

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