1 page of a bifolium. Octavo, 152 x 101 mm. Dated Friday the 30th, no year. Ink on personalized letterhead with initials "PV" embossed to upper left. In French (with translation).
Viardot invites her correspondent to dinner:
"If you would like to be the most lovable of men, you will come at 6 o'clock to dine with our family – that will make you all set for the evening. If between now and tomorrow morning we have not received a nasty reply from you, we will count for sure on the pleasure of having you at the dinner hour."
From the collection of the distinguished American mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne (b. 1934).
Attractively framed and glazed together with a full-length reproduction photograph 156 x 100 mm. by André Disdéri of Viardot in costume as Orphée. Overall size 372 x 421 mm.
Letter creased at folds; very small dampstain not affecting legibility.
Viardot, a highly distinguished French singer, teacher, and composer of Spanish origin, "came from a family of singers: her father was the elder Manuel García, her mother María Joaquina Sitches, her brother the younger Manuel García and her sister Maria Malibran... Viardot not only inspired composers such as Chopin, Berlioz, Meyerbeer, Gounod, Saint-Saëns, Liszt, Wagner and Schumann with her dramatic gifts but also collaborated on the composition of roles created especially for her. She was active as a teacher, continuing the García method. She studied the piano with Meysenberg and Liszt and composition with Reicha, but concentrated on singing after Malibran’s death in 1836." Beatrix Borchard in Grove Music Online.
"Horne had a voice of extraordinary range, rich and tangy in timbre, with a stentorian chest register and an exciting top... In concert she once achieved the feat of singing in a single programme Rossini arias and Brünnhilde’s Immolation Scene, proof of her exceptional versatility. Throughout her lengthy career she was an admired recitalist, singing lieder, mélodies, Spanish and American songs with equal aplomb." Alan Blyth in Grove Music Online. Item #31371
Price: $275.00 other currencies