Milano: Giovanni Ricordi [PNs 14361, 14371-79], . Folio. Brown leather-backed marbled boards with titling and decorative devices gilt to spine within gilt-ruled compartments. 1f. (recto printed title within decorative border, verso blank), 1f. (recto printed dedication, verso blank), 134 pp., 1f. (blank). Engraved. Each movement with separate caption title, price, and plate number, some with separate pagination.
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 "1850" to front pastedown, inventory number "64" to title and gilt to spine, and small rectangular blue printed label laid down to foot of title.
Printed dedication to "Miei compatriotti" dated June 6, 1843 by the composer.
Binding slightly worn and rubbed, with paper loss to corners; endpaper slightly browned and creased. Very light foxing and soiling scattered throughout, contained to margins; a few manuscript annotations in ink.
First Edition. Rare (one copy located in the U.S., at Harvard)
Giovanni Pacini was one of the principal Italian opera composers of the first half of the nineteenth century. He achieved success with Alessandro nelle Indie (1824), Saffo (1840), and Medea (1843), however he never gained the international fame of Bellini and Donizetti. "... while his role in the development of opera after Rossini was secondary to those of Bellini and Donizetti, both his operas and his memoirs provide a fascinating glimpse into the efforts of Italian composers to adapt Rossini’s approach to the new musico-dramatic climate of the 1830s and 40s." Scott L. Balthazar in Grove Music Online.
Though primarily known as an opera composer, Pacini wrote a number of sacred choral works, especially in his later years. His Requiem from 1843 is scored for SATB chorus and orchestra and dedicated to his fellow countrymen of Sicily. Item #31368
Price: $365.00 other currencies