Napoli: B. Girard e Ci. [PNs 4249-51, 3163-6], [1846-1853]. Oblong folio. Brown cloth-backed dark yellow mottled paper boards, spine in gilt-ruled compartments with titling gilt. 1f. (recto title, verso blank), 3-52 pp. Each number with separate caption title and pagination. Engraved.
From the collection of Italian conductor, vocal coach, and close associate of Puccini and Mascagni, Luigi Ricci (1893-1981).
Binding slightly worn, scuffed, and rubbed; endpapers somewhat browned and stained. Minor internal soiling and staining.
First Edition, later issue (with Girard's address from 1846-53). Inzaghi IN. 57, p. 177.
Donizetti composed his one-act opera Il Campanello di notte to his own libretto based on a French vaudeville, La sonnette de nuit, by Brunswick, Mathieu-Barthélemy Troin, and Victor Lhérie. It premiered at the Teatro Nuovo in Naples on June 1, 1836. The absurd plot follows Enrico as he continually harasses pharmacist Don Annibale, who is trying to celebrate his wedding night with Serafina, whom Enrico still loves.
"Enrico’s role (created by Giorgio Ronconi) is fitted with all sorts of musical and dramatic opportunities. His encounters with Annibale develop in musical ingenuity. Particularly effective are the episode of the hoarse singer, replete with musical allusions to other scores by Donizetti and by Rossini, and the encounter over the prescription which develops into something with even more bizarre medical terms than Dr Dulcamara’s aria in Elisir, and with more frantic parlando than the Don Pasquale-Malatesta duet." William Ashbrook in Grove Music Online.
Ricci was an important figure in the transmission of 19th century traditions passed on to him by noted baritone Antonio Cotogni (1831-1918), whom he accompanied from the age of 12. He was active as a vocal coach at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, where he taught (amongst many others) Sesto Bruscantini, Anna Moffo, Rosalind Elias, Ezio Flagello, Peter Lindroos, and Martti Wallén. Item #31271
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