Milano: Giovanni Ricordi [PNs 22657-9], .
Folio. Contemporary brown leather-backed marbled boards with original publisher's printed wrapper laid down to upper, spine in gilt-ruled compartments with decorative devices. 1f. (blank), 1f. (recto title, verso blank), 46 pp., 1f. (recto title, verso blank), 55 pp., 1f. (recto title, verso blank), 52 pp. Engraved.
Endpapers watermarked with a bird and the letters A G F.
From the collection of Italian conductor, vocal coach, and close associate of Puccini and Mascagni, Luigi Ricci (1893-1981), previously from the collection of Italian composer Francesco Maria Albini (1829-1917), with his signature and inventory numbers to title pages:
N.1 in Do. "218"
N.2 in Mi minore. "219"
N.3 in La maggiore. "220"
Binding slightly worn and rubbed; publisher's wrapper trimmed. Light foxing throughout; occasional dark brown ink stains not affecting music; small tear to outer right margin of title.
First (and only) Edition. Rare (no complete copies located in the U.S.).
The Italian composer and conductor Jacopo Foroni spent most of his short career in Stockholm as director of the royal theatre and chapel. His three Sinfonias (Overtures) were composed for Milan in 1850 and published immediately, leading to their widespread popularity among Italian conductors, including Toscanini. Though noted for his contributions to Italian orchestral music, both Foroni and his works have fallen into obscurity.
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.
Price: $350.00 other currencies