Bondelmonte. Opera in three acts. [Manuscript full score]. Giovanni PACINI.
Bondelmonte. Opera in three acts. [Manuscript full score]
Bondelmonte. Opera in three acts. [Manuscript full score]
Bondelmonte. Opera in three acts. [Manuscript full score]

Bondelmonte. Opera in three acts. [Manuscript full score]

[ca. 1857].

Oblong quarto (242 x 291 mm). Dark purple leather-backed marbled boards with titling and decorative devices gilt to spine. Notated in black ink on 20-stave paper, with some leaves at end on 16-stave paper. 1r (title), 1v-133v (Act I), 134r-223v (Act II), 224r-274r (Act III), 274v (blank), 275r-314r (“Strumenti in Fine”), 314v (blank).

Several numbers with indications of instruments included "in Fine," with supplementary scores for "Strumenti in Fine" at conclusion.

From the collection Luigi Ricci (1893-1981), Italian conductor, vocal coach, and close associate of Puccini and Mascagni; previously in the collection of Italian composer Francesco Maria Albini (1829-1917), with his signature and inventory number to title.

Binding slightly worn, rubbed, and scuffed; spine faded. Edges slightly worn and soiled; scattered light soiling. In very good condition overall.

Only 4 manuscript full score copies located. A full score was never published.

Bondelmonte (or Buondelmonte), a tragedia lirica in 3 acts to libretto by Salvatore Cammarano, premiered in Florence at the Teatro della Pergola on18 June 1845.

The historical inspiration for the opera is the account given by Machiavelli in his Istorie fiorentine (not Voltaire as is erroneously stated in Grove). The nobleman Buondelmonte agreed to marry the daughter of the Amadei family as part of a reconciliation. He is persuaded instead to marry the daughter of the Donatis, leading to a clash between multiple sparring families and Buondelmonte's death. Machiavelli places this within the context of the emerging Guelph and Ghibelline conflict in the 13th century.

The opera receives little more than passing mention, even in Pacini's own autobiography, yet it appears to have been quite successful. In the decades following its premiere in Florence, the opera was performed in multiple cities throughout the Italian peninsula as well as abroad.

The present manuscript is possibly related to an 1857 performance in Bologna, where Albini worked. The score contains an opening aria for Beatrice ("Un sorriso la vita") in the first scene that was added after the premiere, possibly for the first time with the 1853 Carnivale production in Venice. Of the known full scores, only the copy in Milan (Noseda MI0344) also contains this aria.

A significant source for a forgotten opera, deserving of further study.

Item #33506

Price: $2,500.00  other currencies

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