Autograph letter signed "Ferd. Paër" to Madame Pacini, Paris, ca. 1819-1830. Ferdinando PAER.
Autograph letter signed "Ferd. Paër" to Madame Pacini, Paris, ca. 1819-1830

Autograph letter signed "Ferd. Paër" to Madame Pacini, Paris, ca. 1819-1830

1 page of a bifolium. Small octavo. In ink. On laid paper with "M" watermark. Integral address panel. In Italian (with translation).

Paer writes to Madame Pacini to inform her of uncertainty in his schedule, but he hopes for a lesson next week:

"I don't know if dearest Signora Eucarti is able to sing today; but since I have to go see Her Excellency the Duchess of Berry at noon, I wouldn't want you to trouble yourself in vain, so I am letting you know, and I hope that you will come to study next week if your precious health will allow you."

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

Slightly browned; creased at folds; remnants of green wax seal to blank margins.

Paer moved to Paris in 1807, invited to serve as Napoleon's maître de chapelle. He directed several theatres over the years and was a sought-after singing teacher.

Madame Pacini is most likely the wife or daughter of music publisher Antonio Pacini (1778-1886) as the letter is addressed to the Boulevard des Italiens, where Pacini's business was located.

The Duchess of Berry, Princess Marie-Caroline (1798-1870), was born in Naples and married to Charles Ferdinand, the Duke of Berry, in 1816. She lived in Paris and was a prominent patron of the arts until she had to flee the country with King Charles X following the July Revolution of 1830.

"[Paer] was one of the central figures in the development of opera semiseria during the first decade of the 19th century. ... In his vocal writing Paer provided a link between late 18th-century composers (Cimarosa and Paisiello) and Rossini and his followers. Like those of his predecessors, Paer’s works overflow with sweet, luminous italianate melodies organized in elegant phrases and supported by transparent harmonies. ... Paer had a talent for inventing vocal filigree – his fioriture constitute a primary source of aesthetic and dramatic effect in many of his melodies – and the patterns that he devised show striking similarities to Rossini’s repertory of ornaments." Scott L. Balthazart and Julian Budden 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.

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Price: $250.00  other currencies

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