London: Monzani & Hill, Music Sellers, to H.R.H. the Prince of Wales, 3, Old Bond St. [PN A.2.], [1807-13].
Folio. Original publishers blue/gray printed boards. 1f. (recto title printed within decorative border, verso blank), 1f. (recto blank, verso publisher's "Catalogue of Mozart's Vocal Music"), 114 pp.
Contains 13 numbers, each with separate titles, imprint, and secondary pagination:
18: Prendero quel brunettino duetto. Pr. 2s. 6 pp.
371: Arder mai per altra face. Pr. 2/6. 7 pp.
370: Quando accesi dall' amore. Pr. 2s. 6 pp.
55: Secondate aurette amiche. Duetto. Price 1s. -3 pp.
341: La mano a me date quartetto. Pr. 2s. 5 pp.
20: Il core vidono duetto. Price 2s. 2-6 pp.
342: Barbara perche fuggi recitativo Ah lo veggio. Pr. 2s. 6 pp.
343: Ei parte senti ah no recitativo e Perpieta ben mio. Pr. 2/6. 8 pp.
344: Donne mie la fate a tanti. Pr. 2s. 6 pp.
345: In qual fiero contrasto recitativo e Tradito schernito cavatina. Pr. 1/6. 5 pp.
36: E'amore un ladroncellop ... L'accompagnamento del Sigr. J.B. Cimador. Price 2s. 2-6 pp.
57: Frà gl'amplessi. Duetto. Price 2s. 8 pp.
346: Tutti accusan le donne. Aria e Fate presto o cari amici. Finale. Pr: 7. 45 pp.
Early signature of Lady Charlotte Drummond to upper margin of upper board (possibly Charlotte Emily Drummond, 1776-1862).
Boards worn, rubbed, and bumped; spine defective. Minor internal wear; some signatures split.
Così fan tutte, to a libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte, was commissioned by Emperor Joseph II and first performed at the Burgtheater in Vienna on January 26, 1790.
It was Mozart's "third collaboration with Da Ponte and the only one of the Da Ponte operas for which there is no direct literary source (although, like Don Giovanni, it has sources in Tirso de Molina). It may be that the libretto was wholly original to Mozart and the poet, for the subject is sometimes claimed to have been suggested to Mozart and Da Ponte by Joseph II himself, allegedly on the basis of a recent real-life incident. However, it is known that the libretto was initially offered to Salieri, who set some early numbers and then apparently abandoned it... Così fan tutte is widely reckoned to be the most carefully and symmetrically constructed of the Da Ponte operas." Cliff Eisen et al. in Grove Music Online.
The Victoria and Alber Museum in London holds a watercolor and pencil sketch of Lady Charlotte Drummond playing the piano by her 6-year-old daughter Marion executed in 1827.
Price: $150.00 other currencies