Variations Brillantes pour le Piano Forte sur la Cavatine favorite Aurora sorgerai nella Donna del Lago del Maestro Rossini, Dedies Madame la Comtesse de la Roche-Agnon [?] et composes par Henri Herz. Oeuv. 17.
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Paris, Au Magasin de Musique de Pacini, n.d. (late 1820s-1830s?).. 5 works bound together. Folio (33.8 x 26 cm.), contemporary (Brazilian?) green sheep, smooth spine gilt (defective at head and foot, a bit faded), covers with Greek key design gilt within ruled gilt border, Imperial arms of Brazil at center with gilt initials "P.I.D.J.", additional gilt-tooled vignette below the arms on the front cover (significant scraping and some other wear, mostly to extremities), edges of covers milled (but much faded), green endleaves, all text block edges gilt. Engraved title page. Engraved musical notation throughout. On thick paper of excellent quality. Minor dampstaining at outer margin of first 4 leaves. Overall in good to very good condition. (1 l.), 17, (1) pp. *** Another edition of this piece was published in Vienna by Diabelli, also without date; the sterreichischen Nationalbibliothek record for it gives the year . Rossini's La Donna del Lago premiered in 1819.Henri Herz (1803-1888) was one of the most popular pianists, composers and teachers in Europe during the mid-nineteenth century, when he capitalized on the public's new passion for pianos. He performed in Europe, Russia, South America, and in the United States. From 1842 to 1874 he taught piano at the Paris Conservatoire, where he had studied himself back in 1816. Herz established a piano factory in Paris in 1830, and won first prize for his entry to the Paris Exposition of 1855. Herz and contemporaries such as Johann Hummel and Carl Czerny were criticized by Robert Schumann for shallow virtuosity. Herz, a Jew, was born in Vienna, where he studied music with his father and the organist Daniel Hnten. On one of the title pages in this volume, he describes himself as "Pianiste de S.M. le Roi de France."Provenance: "P.I.D.J." stands for "Princesa Imperial Dona Januria", the second daughter of D. Pedro I, Emperor of Brazil and King of Portugal as D. Pedro IV, and his first wife Maria Leopoldina, Archduchess of Austria, Empress consort of Brazil, and Queen consort of Portugal (1797-1826), daughter of the last Holy Roman Emperor Franz II (later Franz I of Austria). Dona Januria was born in Rio de Janeiro, in the Palcio de So Cristvo, Quinta da Boa Vista, 1822. From 1835 until 1845, she held the title Princess Imperial of Brazil, as the heir presumptive of her brother the Emperor D. Pedro II. Her marriage to Prince Luigi of the Two Sicilies, Count of Aquila (brother of D. Pedro II's new wife, Empress Teresa Cristina) was celebrated on 28 April 1844 in Rio de Janeiro. Her husband was a son of King Francesco I of the Two Sicilies and his second wife the Infanta Maria Isabella of Spain. Friction developed between the Count of Aquila and D. Januria's brother, the Emperor D. Pedro II. D. Januria and Aquila were eventually permitted to leave Brazil in October 1844. In 1845, D. Januria's position as heir presumptive, and the restrictions it entailed, was lost with the birth of D. Pedro II's first child, D. Afonso, Prince Imperial of Brazil. The city of Januria in Minas Gerais was named in her honor. She died in Nice in 1901.*** Not located in Copac. KVK (44 databases searched) repeats Bibliothque Musicale de Touraine. *** BOUND WITH: HERZ, Henri. Air Suisse avec variations et introduction pour le piano-forte, ddi a Miss Georgiana Marsham et compos par É Pianiste de S.M. le Roi de France. Opera 46. Paris: Chez H. Lemoine Editeur, n.d. (ca. 1830?). Folio. Engraved musical notation throughout. On thick paper of excellent quality. Faint stamp of the publisher in lower blank margin of title page. 14 pp., (1 blank l.).* OCLC: 843432619 (Bibliothque nationale de France); 610877950 (Universittsbibliothek Basel); 33304626 (Cornell University); 493771418 (Bibliothque musicale de Touraine); 223584568 (University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Music Library-University of Toronto). AND BOUND WITH:HERZ, Henri. Variations quasi fantaisie pour le piano-forte sur le Trio favori de Mazaniello Notre Dame du mont Carmel de Carafa. Ddies Mademoiselle Butel de Ste. Ville et composs par Henri Herz É. Opera 43. Paris: Chez Frere, and London: Goulding dÕAlmaine, n.d. [ca. 1828-1829]. Folio. Engraved musical notation throughout. On thick paper of excellent quality. Faint stamp of the publisher, Frere, in lower blank margin of title page. (1 l.), 24 pp.Masaniello is another name for La muette de Portici, by Daniel Auber, which premiered in 1828. Herz's adaptation was reviewed in Harmonicon, 1829 (p. 136), which noted that it has "many original passages and effects ... The five variations on this are ingenious, and an intermezzo alla fuga is unexpected, and new because in a style almost unknown to the present age. Throughout the whole twenty pages of which the piece consists, there is hardly one that does not require an expert player, though there is not so much to shew his taste and feeling as we could wish. Such however is the fashion of the day."* OCLC: 496710923 (Bibliothque musicale de Touraine); 29624618 (Tulane University); 610878018 (Universittsbibliothek Basel); 843433809 and 843433807 (Bibliothque nationale de France). AND BOUND WITH:HERZ, Henri. Fantaisie et rondo pour le piano-forte sur la cavatine Cara deh attendimi de Zelmire, opra de Rossini. Ddis Mademoiselle M. [?] Gibbings, et composs par .... Opera 12. Paris: Chez Henry Lemoine, n.d. (1822-1830?). Folio. Engraved musical notation throughout. On thick paper of excellent quality. Faint stamp of the publisher in lower blank margin of title page. Rossini's Zelmira premiered in 1822.* OCLC: 43612693 (University of California-Berkeley, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, British Library). AND BOUND WITH:HERZ, Henri. Variations brillantes pour le piano sur un thme favori de o'opra de Zampa, ddies son ami Edouard Billard, et composes par .... Opera 66. Paris: Chez J. Meissonnier, and London: Chez Dalmaine, n.d. (ca. 1831-1832?). Folio. Engraved musical notation throughout. On thick paper of excellent quality. Faint stamp of the publisher, Meissonnier, in lower blank margin of title page. (1 l.), 15 pp. [first blank].Zampa, ou La fiance de marbre, a comic opera by Louis Joseph Ferdinand Hrold, premiered in 1831.* This edition not located in OCLC (cf. 843433894 for another edition, printed by J. Meissonnier, of which a single copy is cited, at the Bibliothque national de France).
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