Bologna: Flli. Cocchi [PN 503], [1892?]. Folio. Dark purple cloth-backed marbled boards with white rectangular label with manuscript titling in ink within decorative blue border with perforated edges laid down to upper. 2ff. (title, text "Cristoforo Colombo"), 132 pp. Lithographed.
From the collection of Italian conductor, vocal coach, and close associate of Puccini and Mascagni, Luigi Ricci (1893-1981).
Binding slightly worn, rubbed, and bumped. Browned; a few scattered stains and light foxing throughout.
First and only edition. Very rare (one copy only located, in Florence).
Italian composer and musician Renzo Masutto was the son of Giovanni Masutto (1830-1894), a noted musical scholar and teacher. Information about Renzo is limited, apart from a flowery biographical entry in his father's own publication I maestri di musica italiani del secolo XIX (3rd edition, 1882). He appears to have had some success with the opera Ritorno del coscritto (1882) and ballet Drachenfels (1889) as noted by other contemporary sources.
As director of an Italian regimental band, Masutto wrote many compositions for this specialized instrumentation. It is in this capacity that he wrote the symphonic poem Cristoforo Colombo, as part of the anniversary celebrations in Genoa for their native son. The poem's text appears at the beginning of the score and is signed "Genova 1892. Tenente [Lieutenant] A. De Mandato" presumably another member of the regiment. Masutto includes voices only in one section, when land is sighted and "Una vedetta" (A lookout) sings "Terra! Terra!" and then is joined by "La Ciurma" (the crew).
A forgotten work in the unique tradition of Italian military bands, written for the 400th anniversary of Columbus's voyage. Item #31311
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