18 measures, marked "Andantino" at head. Notated on the first page of a bifolium in black ink on dark red staff lines within decorative dark red ruled borders with elaborate cornerpieces on ivory Lard-Esnault, Paris paper common to Rossini's late period. Oblong octavo (162 x 244 mm).
Quaderni rossiniana xi, p. 60.
Internationally-recognized Rossini scholar Professor Philip Gossett referred to this composition as "a lovely little Rien [trifle] with some musical substance to it despite its modest length." E-mail correspondence with a former owner
"No composer in the first half of the 19th century enjoyed the measure of prestige, wealth, popular acclaim or artistic influence that belonged to Rossini. His contemporaries recognized him as the greatest Italian composer of his time. His achievements cast into oblivion the operatic world of Cimarosa and Paisiello, creating new standards against which other composers were to be judged. That both Bellini and Donizetti carved out personal styles is undeniable; but they worked under Rossini's shadow, and their artistic personalities emerged in confrontation with his operas. Not until the advent of Verdi was Rossini replaced at the centre of Italian operatic life." Philip Gossett Grove Music Online
We do not, unfortunately, know for whom Rossini composed this short piece; it is evident, however, that the composer took considerable time and care in its execution and we must thus assume it was for someone the great composer held in high regard.
A fine and most attractive manuscript.
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