Linda di Chamounix. Gaetano DONIZETTI.
CHOTEK, František Xaver 1800-1852 (arr.)

Linda di Chamounix

Für das Piano-Forte allein eingerichtet von Fr. Xav. Chotek ... Pr. fl 7.30xC.M. [Solo piano]

Wien: Ant. Diabelli u. Comp. [PN D. & C. No. 7562], [1843].

Oblong folio. Brown cloth-backed blue cloth boards titling gilt to spine. 1f. (title), 3-125, [1] (blank) pp. Engraved.

Binding somewhat worn, rubbed, and bumped; soiling to upper.

First Edition of this arrangement. Inzaghi IN. 73, p. 192. Scarce (no copies located in either the U.S. or the U.K.).

A melodramma semiserio in 3 acts to a libretto by Gaetano Rossi after d’Ennery and Lemoine’s play La grâce de Dieu (1841), Linda di Chamounix premiered in Vienna at the Kärntnertortheater on 19 May 1842.

"The score of Linda is a monument to Donizetti’s unfailing good taste, from the finely crafted overture to the final ensemble. A particularly effective moment is the brief unaccompanied prayer for five solo voices in Act 3. Linda, although a fixture on the Italian stage for its first 50 years, deserves to be better known: it makes clear much about the musical environment in which Verdi developed. Although its naive, demi-caractère plot strains the credulity, the score is vocally so grateful and possesses so much cohesiveness that it largely overcomes this liability." William Ashbrook in Grove Dictionary of Opera.

Chotek (originally Kotek) was a Czech organist, teacher, and composer who spent his career in Vienna. In addition to the present arrangement for solo piano, he arranged a version for piano 4-hands, as well as composing an original divertissement on the opera's themes.

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Price: $300.00  other currencies

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