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Manuscript containing selections from the opera "Il Ciro" (also known as "Odio e l'amore") composed by Giovanni Bononcini (1670-1747) with libretto by Paolo Rolli (1687-1765)with lyrics in Italian contemporary to production of the opera in London.
[Oath of Allegiance of the Members of the Maggior Consiglio of Venice] and [Oath of Andrea Contarini, Doge of Venice 1368-1383].
The Ducale of Andrea Conarini, Dei Gratis Dux Venetia. This is the Oath of Allegiance of a high official of the Venetian Republic. The Contarini family was one of the twelve that elected the first Doge, and furnished between 1043 and 1674 eight Doges, four Patriarchs, and many generals, statesmen, artists, poets, and scholars. Andrea Contarini was elected Doge in 1367; during his reign, the War of Chioggia between the Venetian Republic and the Republic of Genoa took place in 1380. Contarini was noted for his personal bravery during the war, though in his seventies, he took personal command of the Venetian Navy (with Admiral Vettor Pisani as chief of staff) and led troops in the critical battle; he was the first to melt down his plate and mortgage his property to benefit the state. 14th century manuscript in vellum on 48 leaves of vellum. The first leaf of each treatise has a fine historiated initial letter, with miniatures of the doge, and marginal ornamentation, Italian style. Sir Thomas Phillips Ms. 8843 (from Frederick North (1732-1792), Lord North's Library)
Cover art for Madama Butterfly: tragedia giapponese features Japanese-style lettering and dragon embellishment.
Collected manuscript containing canzonettas and cantatas for one to two voices with one by Carlo Caproli, , one by P. Casti, two by Luigi Rossi, and 27 by unidentified composers. Bound in old calf, tooled extensively in gold with broken clasps; the bass lines on several pieces have not been notated.
Cover with spine title for original manuscript "Benti-voglioe mano-scritto originale 1615." Seventeenth century lute tablature probably of Milanese origin used by a professional lutist was written in three different hands. The six-line staff of the Italian lute tablature represents the six courses of the lute, the high strings at the bottom of the staff and the lower ones at the top. Dances include the "Ruggerio" or "Aria della girometta." Many pieces are common tunes popular in many countries under different titles.
Original music manuscript of oratorio by Baldessare Galuppi called "Il sacrifizio di Jepht" telling the story of Jephthah and his daughter, signed by the composer.
Mass for the Dead. Illuminated manuscript on vellum, 35 leaves, written in large gothic hand, musical notation in black on red five line staves, two fine large emblematic initials, 42 other initials in gold, with florets decoration, on alternate red and blue grounds, 49 calligraphic initials executed in pen-and-ink, initials in red and blue alternately, contemporary Italian brown calf over wooden boards, tooled in blind, boarders formed of a roll (repeated twice), consisting of small medallion heads of Kings, tec., separated by flowers and foliage, the same roll employed to form the center lozenge-shaped panels, enclosing a cross and connected with the inner corners of the borders by diagonals, metal bosses, and clasps and catches.
Engraving of violinist Nicolò Paganini (1782-1840) by Louis Le Nain with the blind stamp of the Chalcographie du Louvre.
Canticum B. Mariae Virginis / a Jo. Animuccia Urbis Basilicae S. Petri Magistro ad omnes modos factum.
Canticum of Magnificats is one of the finest examples of Italian music printing with parts laid out in two-page spreads with large type that makes it possible for several (up to six) choristers to sing together from one copy when it is placed on a lectern. Animuccia and Palestrina created a new style in accordance with the postulates of the Council of Trent. Animuccia took Palestrina's place as "maestro di capella" of St. Peter in Rome, a post he held until his death in 1571.
L'Armonico pratico al cimbalo, regole, osservazioni, ed avvertimenti per ben suonare il basso, e accompagnare sopra il cimbalo, spinette, ed organo. Di Fracesco Gasparini
Bound original music manuscript of by Francesco Gasparini called "L'Armonico practico al cimalo, regole, osservazioni, ed avvertimenti per ben suonare il basso, e accompagnare sopra il cimbalo, spinette, ed organo."
Bound original music manuscript of oratorio by Alessandro Scarlatti called "Il Primo Omicidio" telling the story of Cain and Abel, signed by the composer.
Cover art for Le Nozze di Haura; scene liriche in un atto features an Egyptian-style illustration with the Nile.
Marquee poster for Carmen by Georges Bizet peformed at Teatro alla Scala on martedì 25 gennaio 1955. Maestro concertatore e direttore Herbert von Karajan.
Marquee poster for Medea by Luigi Cherubini peformed at Teatro alla Scala on sabato 2 gennaio 1954. Maestro concertatore e direttore Leonard Bernstein.
Marquee poster for La Boheme by Giacomo Puccini peformed at Teatro alla Scala on sabato 20 marzo 1955. Maestro concertatore e direttore Leonard Bernstein. Regia di Mario Frigerio.
Marquee poster for Tosca by Giacomo Puccini peformed at Teatro alla Scala on mercoledì 14 aprile 1954. Maestro concertatore e direttore Antonino Votto. Regia di Mario Frigerio.
Marquee poster for Cavalleria Rusticana by Pietro Mascagni peformed at Teatro alla Scala on mercoledì 18 maggio 1955. Maestro concertatore e direttore Antonino Votto. Regia di Mario Frigerio.
Marquee poster for La Sonnambula by Vincenzo Bellini peformed at Teatro alla Scala on giovedì 24 marzo 1955. Maestro concertatore e direttore Leonard Bernstein. Regia di Luchino Visconti.
Marquee poster for two operas perfomed the same day: Il Ballo delle Ingrate by Claudio Monteverdi peformed at Teatro alla Scala on mercoledì 9 giugno 1954. Maestro concertatore e direttore Carlo Maria Giulini. Tosca by Giacomo Puccini peformed at Teatro alla Scala on mercoledì 9 giugno 1954. Maestro concertatore e direttore Antonino Votto.
Marquee poster for L' Elisir d' Amore by Gaetano Donizetti peformed at Teatro alla Scala on sabato 1 gennaio 1955. Maestro concertatore e direttore Carlo Maria Giulini. Regia, bozzetti e figurini di Franco Zeffirelli.