L'Amico Fritz was first performed at the Teatro Costanzi in Rome on October 31, 1891."The sensational success of Cavalleria rusticana in 1890 aroused hopes that the precarious state in which Italian opera had existed for some decades was reaching a turning-point. In the next year Mascagni fulfilled those high hopes with L'amico Fritz, consolidating his already international reputation as the most promising composer of the younger generation. The première, hailed as the most important operatic event since that of Otello, was a triumph, and the work immediately had many further performances... " Peter Ross in Grove Music Online.. 1 page. Ca. 216 x 150 mm. Dated Milan, September 97. In black ink.3-1/2 measures, being the opening of Suzel's aria, "Son pochi fiori, povere viole" from the first act of the composer's opera L'Amico Fritz. Notated in treble clef on one hand-drawn staff with Italian text underlaid. In 2/4 time with a key signature of three flats. Includes a partially illegible note in ink dated February 15 in another hand below Mascagni's signature.Slightly worn and browned; small ink stain to blank verso, not affecting quotation. (Inventory #: 27066)
Musical Autographs and Manuscripts; Rare Books on Music and Dance; First and Early Editions of Printed Music; Prints, Drawings and Ephemera relating to Music and Dance including Opera and Ballet.
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