1 page of a bifolium. Small quarto. In ink. Dated September 18, 1823. On lightweight wove paper. Integral address panel. In French (with translation).
Boieldieu writes to the painter Guérin, then director of the French Academy in Rome, providing a letter of introduction to his student Édouard Boilly:
"... it is with the confidence one always has in those one loves that I bring to your attention young Boilly, a man of admirable character in every way, gentle, reflective, seeing clearly in every matter, loving work, of perfect behavior... well, you will judge for yourself and you will tell me someday, I hope, that I have not led you astray... "
From the collection of the distinguished American mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne (b. 1934).
Slightly browned; creased at folds.
Boieldieu was "the leading opera composer in France during the first quarter of the 19th century and remains the central figure in the opéra comique tradition." Georges Favre and Thomas Betzwieser in Grove Music Online.
Édouard Boilly (1799-1854) was the son of painter Louis-Léopold Boilly, and a student of Boieldieu's. He won the Prix de Rome in 1823 for his cantata Pyrame et Thisbé.
Pierre-Narcisse Guérin (1774-1833) was a prominent French painter who served as director of the French Academy in Rome from 1823 to 1828.
"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 #31906
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