Milano: Giovanni Ricordi [PN 16472-93], [ca. 1850].
Oblong folio. Original publisher's blue printed wrappers with series title "Opere Teatrali Complete" within decorative border. 1f. (title), 1f. (contents, named cast list), 5-297, [i] (blank) pp. Engraved.
Named cast list includes Marianna Barbieri-Nini, Carlo Porto, Andrea Castellan, Teresina Brambilla, and Faustina Piombati.
Blindstamp of Tito Ricordi in lower inner corner.
From the collection of Italian conductor, vocal coach, and close associate of Puccini and Mascagni, Luigi Ricci (1893-1981).
Upper wrapper rather worn; lower lacking. Corners and edges slightly worn and soiled; light foxing throughout, heavier to title and some outer leaves.
First Edition, later issue. Scarce (2 copies located in the U.S., at Julliard and UC Berkeley).
Il conte di Lavagna, a tragedia lirica in 4 acts to a libretto by Francesco Guidi, premiered in Florence at theTeatro della Pergola on 4 June 1843. The score was first published in 1844 by Ricordi.
"As a composer Mabellini had many strong qualities, notably an ability to work successfully in different genres, a mastery of counterpoint and orchestration, a solid musical grounding, a sure technique and a conscious adherence to the great Classical tradition. But none of these could redeem his numerous works (not even Rolla and the Requiem, the most famous of them) from the fundamental lack of an individual, original and genuinely creative musical personality, and they are now completely forgotten. His fame today rests on his promotion of Italian musical culture." Francesco Bussi in Grove Music Online.
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