Lot 722: Venetian composer and conductor (1750–1825). As the Austrian imperial Kapellmeister from 1788 to 1824, he was one of the most important and famous musicians of his time. Extraordinary handwritten musical manuscript by Salieri, unsigned, one page both sides, 11.75 x 8.25, consisting of twenty bars of music and Italian lyrics in three lines for an aria from Giambattista Casti's Orlando Furioso. The piece includes Orlando's words at the beginning of Scene 16 (Act II), beginning: "No, non temer, ben mio, il tuo campione son io." Sketches for orchestral phrases and instrumentation appear below and briefly on the reverse. Affixed by its left edge within paper wrappers by singer and musical scholar Aloys Fuchs, who certified the piece on the front in German (translated), "The genuineness of handwriting vouched for by Aloys Fuchs, a member of the Imperial Court Chapel in Vienna," dated March 13, 1849. A central vertical fold, noticeable stain to the center (affecting just one measure), and mild soiling, otherwise fine condition. Fuchs's collection was dissolved after his death; large parts are now in the Berlin State Library and the Gottweig Abbey Library.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 462
Wednesday, 14th October 2015
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