Paris: S. Richault [PN 12 675 R], [ca 1860]. Folio. Dark blue leather-backed marbled boards with titling and decorative devices gilt to spine. 1f. (recto lithographed title, verso blank), 209,  (blank) pp. Engraved.
With a lengthy inscription to the composer Francesco Maria Albini (1829-1917) signed "L'Autore" [Mabellini] in ink to upper margin of title, with Albini's signature and "660" to lower margin of title.
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; endpaper slightly soiled. Moderate offsetting and scattered foxing throughout; musicseller's handstamp to lower margin of title.
First Edition. Scarce. Gaspari II, p. 93. OCLC 63207156.
Italian composer Teodulo Mabellini studied with Servio Mercadante and spent most of his career in Florence as director of the Società Filarmonica as well as maestro di cappella at the ducal court. It is in this capacity that he wrote his Requiem in memory of Louise-Marie, Queen of the Belgians (1812-1850).
"As a composer Mabellini had many strong qualities, notably an ability to work successfully in different genres, a mastery of counterpoint and orchestration, a solid musical grounding, a sure technique and a conscious adherence to the great Classical tradition. But none of these could redeem his numerous works (not even Rolla and the Requiem, the most famous of them) from the fundamental lack of an individual, original and genuinely creative musical personality, and they are now completely forgotten. His fame today rests on his promotion of Italian musical culture." Francesco Bussi in Grove Music Online. Item #31353
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