Giuseppe. Verdi

Verdi, Giuseppe.

Italian composer (1813-1901). Autograph letter signed. Genoa. 8vo. 2¼ pp. on bifolium. Written in ink.
4.200 € (88563/BN58454)

To Count Opprandino Arrivabene (1807-87), writing in the aftermath of "La semaine sanglante" which marked the suppression of the Paris Commune in 1871. Arrivabene was Verdi's close friend, and appears to have been in Paris for the events of Spring 1871 while Verdi was in Florence; the tone of the letter is nonetheless light to start. He wishes his friend a good Easter, and hopes to confess the acts of impatience committed while Verdi was in Florence ("Buona Pasqua; e vatti a confessare almeno tutte gli atti d'impazienza commesi nel tempo che io sono a Firenze").

Verdi exclaims, "io peccato abbastanza? Povero arrivabene!", and explains that "Mazzucato è stato qui ieri, e abbiamo lavorato ancora al Regolamento." Mazzucato was likely Alberto Mazzucato (1813-77), who had retired from composition after his last opera, "Hernani", but who evidently remained involved with fellow composers of his day. - Business having been discussed, Verdi turns to the news of the Paris Commune: Why did Arrivabene not say anything about France? It could have been much worse! "Ben peggio del 93! Allora si trattava d'acquistare e rassodare una libertà che non avevano ancora avuto; en non avevano sofferto tanti desastri, nè avevano un nemico in casa!". One day, Verdi tells his friend, one will not be able to believe such infamy ("questa nefandità"). - Gently creased at folds; ink has faintly bled through. Date of letter pencilled onto blank final page in modern hand..

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