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Toselli, Enrico

Published by Paul Schmidt (1913)

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About this Item: Paul Schmidt, 1913. Soft cover. Condition: Fair. 1st Edition. Exceedingly rare autobiography in German of the composer's scandalous marriage to Princess Louise of Tuscany. With 16 rare illustrations. Fragile printed paper wrappers with interior hinges exposed and spine taped; pages brittle with age toning. Nevertheless the interior text and rare photographs offer priceless insight to their relationship. Enrico Toselli (1883 - 1926) was an Italian pianist and composer. At a very early age he started on a brilliant career as a concert pianist in Italy, the principal European capitals and also in Alexandria and North America. Later he settled in Florence, teaching and composing, while still appearing frequently on the concert platform. Although a successful performer and composer, Toselli's prodigious fame was largely due to the international scandal occasioned by his marriage to the Archduchess (and former Crown Princess of Saxony), Her Imperial and Royal Highness the Archduchess Luise, Princess of Tuscany in 1907. She had previously deserted her husband, Frederick Augustus III of Saxony, years earlier. Toselli and the Archduchess' marriage was not a happy one, and they separated in 1912. Luise of Tuscany (1870 - 1947) was a daughter of Ferdinand IV of Tuscany and his second wife, Alice of Bourbon-Parma, daughter of Duke Charles III and Louise d'Artois. Archduchess Luise was thus a great-great-granddaughter of Charles X of France. She married Prince Frederick Augustus of Saxony in 1891 who later became Crown Prince on the death of his childless Uncle, King Albert I and the accession of his father, King George in June 1902. Luise was very popular in Saxony. However, she did not follow etiquette at the court, which resulted in arguments with her father-in-law, King George of Saxony. On 9 December 1902 Luise fled from Dresden due to her father-in-law threatening to have her interned in Sonnestein Mental Asylum for life. Her brother supported her in her wish to escape Saxony. She left Saxony without her children, but pregnant with Anna. For a while, she lived with her children's French tutor, André Giron, who was wrongly believed to be the father of her youngest daughter, Anna. In 1907, Luise married the Italian musician Enrico Toselli in London. They had one son and were divorced five years later. It was only after her second marriage that, Emperor Franz Josef, as head of the House of Habsburg, stripped her of her imperial titles and dignities. Her father created her Countess of Montignoso, as sovereign of the former Grand Duchy of Tuscany. After protracted negotiations, Anna was sent to Dresden to live with her siblings and be raised as a member of the Saxon royal house. Luise had tried to return to Dresden, but was prevented from seeing her children by her husband's ministers. She was allowed to see them on a private visit to a Saxon embassy. None of her children ever spoke out against their mother in their memoirs. Seller Inventory # 006987

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Toselli, Enrico:

Published by Basel (Schweiz)/St. Ludwig (Elsaß), Paul Schmidt vorm. F. Festersen & Co., (). (1913)

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About this Item: Basel (Schweiz)/St. Ludwig (Elsaß), Paul Schmidt vorm. F. Festersen & Co., ()., 1913. 314 S., SELTEN mit 16 Abb. 8° Halbleinen, Privateinband mit aufgezogenem Titelbild, S. 16 unten kl. Einriss, Exlibris am Innendeckel, leichte Gebr.spuren, gut Luise Antonia Maria Theresia Josepha Johanna Leopoldine Karolina Ferdinande Alice Ernestina von Österreich-Toskana (* 2. September 1870 in Salzburg; gest. 23. März 1947 in Ixelles/Elsene bei Brüssel) war Kronprinzessin von Sachsen und Gemahlin von Friedrich August III. von Sachsen /////////// Enrico Toselli (* 13. März 1883 in Florenz; gest. 15. Januar 1926 in Florenz) war ein italienischer Komponist und Pianist. 1907 heiratete Enrico Toselli Luise von Österreich-Toskana, die früher mit dem sächsischen Kronprinzen und späteren König Friedrich August verheiratet gewesen war. Die beiden bekamen einen Sohn, Carlo Emmanuele Filiberto (1908-1969), wurden aber bereits 1912 wieder geschieden. Der gemeinsame Sohn verblieb bei Toselli. Nach der gescheiterten Ehe konnte Enrico Toselli keine Erfolge wie früher mehr feiern und geriet in Vergessenheit. Er lebte in Florenz, Via Lamarmora, und starb dort mit nur 43 Jahren an einem Krebsleiden. Seller Inventory # 35840

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