Cabinet card photograph signed ("G Verdi") on the day the composer was decorated by the King of Italy as "Cavaliere of the Great Cross of Italy" and dated "Milano 11 aprile 1880." in Verdi's hand. Giuseppe VERDI.

Cabinet card photograph signed ("G Verdi") on the day the composer was decorated by the King of Italy as "Cavaliere of the Great Cross of Italy" and dated "Milano 11 aprile 1880." in Verdi's hand.

Bust-length photograph of the composer in formal dress. Laid down to photographer's mount within narrow double-ruled border, with "Bruckmann's Portrait-Collection. Nr. 178" printed in brown ink to upper margin, "Verlagsanstalt für Kunst und Wissenschaft (vormals Friedrich Bruckmann), München." to lower margin, "E. Felix pinx." beneath image to left, "Dépose. - Registered." beneath image to right, and "Verdi" printed below. Image size 140 x 98 mm., card size 170 x 113 mm. Signed and dated on the lower mount.

A striking image.

Very slightly worn and soiled.

"The city government in Milan had been planning for some time to make Verdi an honorary citizen and offer him a tribute at La Scala. Although he usually tried to prevent such celebrations, he could not avoid this one. The King of Italy decorated him on 11 April as Cavaliere of the Great Cross of Italy. The next day Verdi began rehearsing a chorus of 370 and an orchestra of 130 for the concert, which Faccio was to conduct on 18 April. For the occasion Verdi offered the première of two of his compositions, a Pater Noster and an Ave Maria, both sung in Dante's Italian translation. The soprano soloist for the Ave Maria was Teresa Singer, Muzio's artist from Paris. At the end of the evening, the Mayor presented the parchment of Honorary Citizenship. Ricordi's Gazzetta musicale di Milano dedicated ten pages to the event." Phillips Matz: Verdi, p. 653.

Item #33170

Price: $4,800.00  other currencies

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