by ROSSINI, Gioachino 1792-1868
1 page. Quarto, ca. 271 x 211 mm. In black ink. Dated Bologna, January 2, 1848. With integral address panel. In Italian (with partial translation). Rossini writes to his friend and attorney Filippo Santocanale concerning the sale of assets and distribution of funds related to the estate of his late wife, Isabella Colbran (1785-1845): "... you notified me that you have 2200 ducats for me from the estate of my late wife from the harvest, etc." The composer goes on to request that 573.12 of these ducats be distributed to Gasperra Colbran, Signri. Ovive, and D[on] Rodrigues, leaving 1626.88 ducats to him. From the collection of the distinguished American mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne (b. 1934). Worn and significantly faded; creased at folds and slightly overall; remnants of sealing wax with corresponding small seal tear to blank upper margin of address panel. "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. Filippo Santocanale (1797-1884) was an attorney from Palermo who was a strong proponent of unification and served as a parliamentarian in both the Sicilian and national governments. He was a close friend of both Rossini and Bellini as well as handling many of their legal and business affairs. "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 career she was an admired recitalist, singing lieder, mélodies, Spanish and American songs with equal aplomb." Alan Blyth in Grove Music Online.
(Inventory #: 31365)