1833 · [London]
The arietta contained in this charity bazaar keepsake is La passeggiata for soprano and piano, composed by Rossini in 1831.
Presentation inscription "Pauline from dear Frederick July 2d. 1833" to margin of upper wrapper.
Binding slightly worn, rubbed, and bumped. Minor wear and browning; edges slightly soiled. Rare. OCLC and JISC (2 copies only, at Oxford University and Cambridge University). Rognoni/Gosset (New Edition, 1977) p. 476, no. 20.
Included in an exhibition at the Beinecke Library, Yale University, October 1-December 10, 2010 entitled God Save the King: Music from the British Royal Court, 1770-1837. The exhibition contained "evidence of some ways in which notated music was reproduced and circulated outside the usual methods of printed publication and private music copying."
The Society of Friends of Foreigners in Distress was a charity organization patronized by William IV and other members of the royal family. The archive of the Society contains additional music by Rossini including scores from the composer's operas La Donna Del Lago, La Gazza Ladra, Il Mosé in Egitto, Semiramide, and Tancredi. (Inventory #: 36352)