Autograph letter signed "G. Rossini" to Pietro Barbaja
by ROSSINI, Gioachino 1792-1868
"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.Rossini was extremely fond of his mother, Anna Giudarini (1771-1827), a singer of some local importance. When she died, during the triumphant debut of his Moïse at the Paris Opéra, he was heartbroken. One anecdote describes him bowing in front of an ecstatic Parisian audience, with tear-soaked eyes, murmuring "But she is dead!" At least two portraits of Rossini's mother survive: a lithograph of the young Anna in theatrical costume, and an oil painting of her in her old age. This letter quite plausibly refers to the latter. Both portraits are described by Bruno Cagli and Mauro Bucarelli in La Casa di Rossini: Catalogo del museo, pp. 118-119. Pietro Barbaja was the son of the famed Italian impresario Domenico Barbaja, who introduced a number of Rossini's operas to Naples.. 2 pp. of a bifolium. Octavo. Dated Paris, April 27, 186. In Italian (with translation). Rossini is very happy to have found a missing package which contains, among other things, a portrait of his dear deceased mother. He would like Pietro to relay his thanks to a certain Signor Beltrami, who must have delivered it. Rossini is, furthermore, grateful that Pietro sent him the package, and that his affection for him has not waned."I re-entered my house, and found... the much desired package containing one of your [letters] from November 8 of last year, together with the portrait of my poor deceased mother...The observation that neither time nor distance have at all dulled your affection for this old Pesarese fogey is nonetheless extremely dear to me... Give me news of your family, of the theaters, and of you, whom I would also like to embrace before my death."Occasional minor early annotations, the most important of which change the letter's year from 1865 to 1866; some foxing and creasing, especially at folds; slight offsetting to recto of second leaf; several pinholes to edges. (Inventory #: 23213)
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