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Verdi, Giuseppe
FINE LARGE AUTOGRAPH MUSICAL QUOTATION FROM "LA TRAVIATA", SIGNED, INSCRIBED AND DATED BY THE COMPOSER ("TRAVIATA....PARIGI 4 MARZO 1862 G.VERDI")
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Verdi, Giuseppe
FINE LARGE AUTOGRAPH MUSICAL QUOTATION FROM "LA TRAVIATA", SIGNED, INSCRIBED AND DATED BY THE COMPOSER ("TRAVIATA....PARIGI 4 MARZO 1862 G.VERDI")
Estimate
15,00020,000
LOT SOLD. 22,500 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

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Verdi, Giuseppe
FINE LARGE AUTOGRAPH MUSICAL QUOTATION FROM "LA TRAVIATA", SIGNED, INSCRIBED AND DATED BY THE COMPOSER ("TRAVIATA....PARIGI 4 MARZO 1862 G.VERDI")
comprising Violetta's celebrated arioso in Act II, "Amami Alfredo, amami quant' io t'amo", ten bars notated for soprano voice and orchestral short score, on two systems of three staves each, with the words and expression markings

1 page, large 4to (c.26.5 x 33.5cm), 12-stave paper, Paris, 4 March 1862


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This is the largest and grandest autograph musical quotation by Verdi that we have seen for ten years, containing the high point in one of his best-loved operas.  Violetta's famous dramatic outburst follows her lengthy confrontation with Alfredo's father, Germont, where she is forced to renounce Alfredo for the sake of his sister's impending marriage (No.8).  The tension that has built up in the duet is released here once Germont has left and Alfredo appears (no.9); Violetta begs Alfredo to love her as much as she loves him.  This manuscript features the dramatic orchestral tremolo describing Violetta's pent-up emotions, built up during the duet, which are released in this tremendous lyrical outburst.  Julian Budden remarks that Verdi's scene "takes wing in a huge concluding phrase which gives the melody both its significance and its true individuality" (The Operas of Verdi, ii, 36).  The note values here are half those in the printed score, apart from Violetta's final "Addio!" in bars 9 and 10. 

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