Milano: F. Lucca [PN 4434], . Folio. Purple leather-backed marbled boards with titling and decorative devices gilt to spine within gilt-ruled compartments. 1f. (recto title within decorative border, verso blank), 158 pp. Engraved.
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 "568" to title.
Binding slightly worn and rubbed; head of spine frayed, minor loss to tail; endpapers slightly soiled and creased. Very minor scattered foxing; small dark stain to last few leaves.
First Edition. Scarce. Gaspari II, p. 116. OCLC 16457637.
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 Mass from 1844 is scored for double chorus and orchestra and dedicated to composer, conductor, and organist Tommaso Marchesi (1773-1852). Item #31369
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