Rare autograph signature together with fine half-length mezzotint portrait by T. Bastin after J. Bruscett, ca. 1770. Giusto Ferdinando TENDUCCI.
Rare autograph signature together with fine half-length mezzotint portrait by T. Bastin after J. Bruscett, ca. 1770.

Rare autograph signature together with fine half-length mezzotint portrait by T. Bastin after J. Bruscett, ca. 1770.

With "Ferdinando Tenducci" in ink to paper, 47 x 105 mm, cut from a larger document. Mounted below a mezzotint portrait of Tenducci seated with arms resting on table, holding the song "Water parted" from Arne's Artaxerxes. With "M. Tenducci," "J. Bruscett, pinxt.," and "T. Bastin, fecit." printed below image. 154 x 116 mm. Framed and glazed. Overall size 388 x 242 mm.

Laid down to brown mount with biographical sketch in manuscript in an early hand to lower margin.

From the collection of the distinguished American mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne (b. 1934).

Slightly browned and creased, just touching edges of image. Frame slightly worn.

Arrigoni & Bertarelli, 4397. Hall IV, p. 136 (a print of larger dimensions).

Tenducci "made his début in Cagliari in 1750, during the wedding festivities of the Duke of Savoy. After appearing both in minor roles and in comic opera in Milan, Naples, Venice, Dresden and Munich, in 1758 he went to London, where he spent two seasons at the King’s Theatre... He visited Dublin in 1765 and the following year (despite some scandal) married Dora Maunsell, the daughter of a Dublin lawyer. Her relations were outraged; Tenducci was jailed and his wife kidnapped... Impressed with ‘Scotch’ songs, he persuaded his friend J.C. Bach to arrange some for insertion into English operas... Smollett described his voice as particularly lyrical and the ABCDario Musico (Bath, 1780) compared him with Gioacchino Conti." Roger Fiske and Dale E. Monson in Grove Music Online.

Tenducci starred in the premieres of Gioacchino Cocchi's Ciro riconosciuto (1759), Thomas Arne's Artaxerxes (1762), and J.C. Bach's Adriano in Siria (1765).

"In August 1778 Mozart wrote to his father from St. Germain, speaking of the arrival in Paris of Bach and Tenducci and explaining that he wrote in haste because he had to compose, in three days, a "scena" for Tenducci to be performed by the orchestra of the Maréchal de Noailles at his palace in St. Germain." Highfill p. 397.

"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.

Tenducci's autograph is of considerable rarity (no records on ABPC online 1975-present or RBH).

Item #31372

Price: $1,250.00  other currencies

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