L'Elisir d'amore. [Manuscript conductor's score]. Gaetano DONIZETTI.
L'Elisir d'amore. [Manuscript conductor's score]

L'Elisir d'amore. [Manuscript conductor's score]

[ca. 1840-1860].

Oblong folio (245 x 304 mm). Primarily loose bifolios, some bound in signatures. Notated in black ink on 12-stave wove paper. Varying numbering to signatures, leaves, and pages. 228 ff. in total.

A fair copy in a single hand throughout.

Full orchestral score, yet lacking voice parts; occasional vocal cues are given but without text indicated.

A separate signature in a different hand contains an alternative duet with vocal lines. It replaces the allegro section of "Venti scudi" with an adaptation of the Alamiro-Belisario duet “Sui campi della gloria” from Act I of Belisario. The conclusion of the preceding section is given, ending with Nemorino's line "Dolcemara Volo tonto a ricercar" before transitioning to the substituted music, confirming the fact that it is not simply a misplaced excerpt from another score.

Disbound. Some wear and soiling; many edges stained and/ or frayed; small binder's holes to inner margins; several leaves chipped, just touching notation. In quite good condition overall.

Inzaghi IN. 41, pp. 156-7. Seven full score manuscripts known.

L'Elisir d'Amore, a melodramma giocoso in 2 acts to a libretto by Felice Romani after Eugène Scribe’s text for Auber’s Le philtre (1831), premiered in Milan at the Teatro Cannobiana on 12 May 1832.

The present manuscript is something of an oddity, in that it does not contain any of the vocal lines or even verbal cues. Noted Donizetti scholar William Ashbrook, who examined the manuscript in 1989, attributes this to its function as a conductor's score. He notes, "In my opinion this mss. is one of those scores copied from legitimately rented ones, with the probable purpose of being used by a touring company. It has its due share of careless mistakes."

Ashbrook also highlighted the presence of the substitute aria from Donizetti's Belisario (1836), which he believes was not a common insertion; indeed, we have been unable to locate any other manuscript or libretto with this substitution.

An interesting manuscript attesting to the performance practice of one of Donizetti's most famous operas.

Item #33579

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