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Rossini, Gioachino
AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED (“ROSSINI”), TO THE COMPOSER JULIUS BENEDICT IN LONDON, 6 MAY 1865
A letter of introduction for the pianist Mademoiselle Paule Gayrard; Rossini praises the granddaughter of the publisher Antonio Pacini as a first-class pianist, whose talents and merits will surely find favour in England, where she is travelling with her mother (“...Melle Paule Gayrard, della quale vi parlai nel vostro troppo breve soggiorno in Parigi, sarà porgitrice di questa mia, essa è una Pianista di Prima Classe e meritevole delle vostre e mia sollecitudine…”); Rossini also expresses the wish that Benedict might come to Paris again and perform his music (“...vorrei che i  Parigini avessero una occasione per ben conoscervi ed’ applaudirvi…”)

2 pages, 4to (c.22 x 17cm), black ink, watermark ("Lacroix Frères"), integral leaf with autograph address panel (“Monsieur Benedict. Compositeur de musique tres Distingué”), Paris, 6 May 1865, crease to left-hand margin, otherwise fine and clean


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The carrier of this letter, Paule Aurore Gayrard (born 1843), won the first piano prize at the Paris Conservatoire in 1864. She was the granddaughter of Antonio Pacini (1778-1866), daughter of the sculptor Raymond Gayrard (1807-1855) and of Antonio’s daughter Eudoxie, who evidently accompanied her on her visit to London.  Paule Gayrard continued to perform in London and, during a recital tour in 1877, she sold some autograph manuscripts by Rossini to the British Museum, containing pieces her grandfather had published, including “Un giorno si bello, Noturno a 3 voci”, now British Library, Add.Ms 30246.

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