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ROSSINI, Gioachino 1792-1868
Autograph note signed "G. Rossini" together with a carte-de-visite photograph of the composer, ca. 1860
1828. Note inscribed "con mille Ringraziamente al Sig U. Toffoli" along with Rossini's address "2 Rue de la Chaussée-d'Antin Paris" in ink on paper matted to ca. 39 x 77 mm. Photograph by Étienne Carjat (1828-1906) matted to 96 x 54 mm. Double-matted, glazed, and framed. Overall size 306 x 197 mm. From the collection of the distinguished American mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne (b. 1934). Note slightly worn and soiled, with a few small tears just affecting two words. See Weinstock p. 280. "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 in Grove Music Online. "Toffoli" is, in all likelihood, a reference to the theatrical agent of that name in Paris. "Horne had a voice of extraordinary range, rich and tangy in timbre, with a stentorian chest register and an exciting top. In concert she once achieved the feat of singing in a single programme Rossini arias and Brünnhilde's Immolation Scene, proof of her exceptional versatility. Throughout her lengthy caree … [Click Below for Full Description]
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