Title: Il Turco in Italia, Dramma per Musica un Due...
Publisher: Tipografia d G. Galletti, Florence
Publication Date: 1843
Book Condition: Very Good
32pp. (193 x 110mm). Engraved vignette of opera scene on title page. Original printed wrappers; (some creased corners otherwise good.) Rossini’s opera ‘Il Turco in Italia’ in original printed wrappers from 1843. Gioachino Rossini, nicknamed "The Italian Mozart," is perhaps best known for his Italian comedy The Barber of Seville. Until his retirement in 1829 Rossini had been the most popular opera composer in history. Earlier on Rossini’s Il Turco in Italia, first performed in La Scala, Milan on 14 August 1814, started life under unfortunate circumstances. Just a year earlier Rossini had written L’Italiana in Algeri for Venice and the opera had an immediate success. Rossini himself brought L’Italiana with him to Milan where he directed a well-received revival at a small theater during the Spring of 1814. Perhaps riding on the coattails of this success, Rossini collaborated with librettist Felice Romani to compose a new opera whose theme was ostensibly the reverse. The emergent characters were very different indeed from Rossini’s previous work and were seen as almost an outrageous, extravagant follow up to a more popular piece. After this poor reception, Il Turco in Italia made its way only slowly to Italian stages. Rossini returned to edit the piece, adding some numbers of his own composition. This copy printed within Rossini’s lifetime marks the interesting literary history of this opera – as it came about when the production of Rossini’s works began to decline. His revised authorial versions provide many interesting suggestions for modern performances. Bookseller Inventory # LD8049
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