1821 · Offenbach s/m
Manuscript note in brown ink to title of Violino primo: "Nro I. Hochfürstl. Hoforchester Haltenbergstetten."
Slightly browned; small stains to title and final blank page of Violino primo part; measure numbers added in pencil in a modern hand throughout. Uncut.
A very good copy overall. First Edition. Constapel p. 254 and 543. One copy at Statsbiblioteket Aarhus, Denmark. Not in RISM.
The music library of Haltenbergstetten castle, one of the residences of the house of Hohenlohe, was catalogued for RISM by Gertrud Haberkamp in 1970 and purchased by the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Munich, in 1975. Not all items became part of the Staatsbibliothek's collection, however: "The amount of prints of sheet music (recorded in RISM) that was sold to antiquarian dealers is unknown." Armin Brinzing, "Haltenbergstetten," RISM website.
The composer, identified on the title as "François de Contin," is an obscure figure absent from standard reference works. He was the father of the violinist and composer Count Giuseppe Contin (1835-1899; Van der Straeten II, p. 356f.). (Inventory #: 25679)