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Gaetano Donizetti, Gioachino Rossini, and Saverio Mercadante Autograph Musical Quotations Signed

Substantial handwritten musical quotations from a trio of Italian master composers

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Substantial handwritten musical quotations from a trio of Italian master composers

Booklet of three ample AMQSs from esteemed Italian composers Gaetano Donizetti, Gioachino Rossini, and Saverio Mercadante, penned in ink on the front and back of two off-white 16 x 11 sheets of music paper, with each composer adding lyrics to their impressive arrangements. The front sheet is comprised of Donizetti’s lengthy handwritten musical quotation that contains approximately 100 bars of music for an unidentified piece, signed and inscribed in the lower right, “Donizetti,” who adds the date above, “Roma, 10 Feb. 1841,” the day before he premiered his opera Adelia at the Teatro Apollo in Rome. The Rossini AMQS constitutes the two interior pages and contains over 60 bars of music from the arietta ‘L’esule,’ signed and inscribed at the conclusion, “G. Rossini, Bologna 8 Marzo 1843”; and the Mercadante AMQS features a total of 36 bars of music from his 1842 opera “Il Proscritto,” signed prominently below, “Roma, 25 Giugno 59, Saverio Mercadante.” In overall fine condition, with the names of the two inscriptions scratched out. Musical quotations from any one of these three classical figures are cause for excitement; that all three are together in one shared space, with each man offering an extensive musical composition, signifies a special occurrence.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Art, Literature, and Classical Music
  • Dates: #682 - Ended June 20, 2024