Luigi Cherubini Autograph

SKU: 8010413

Sale priceSFr.1.650,00


Autograph letter signed, one page - addressed to the reverse of a conjoined sheet, 4,75 x 7,25 inch, Montlignon, 26.09.[1835], in French, to Jean-Baptiste-Roger Fauchon D`Henneville - concerning the upcoming funeral of Italian opera composer Vincenzo Bellini (1801-1835), written and signed in black ink "L. Cherubini", attractively mounted (removable) for display with a portrait picture of Luigi Cherubini (altogether 11,75 x 8,25 inch), with scattered mild signs of age wear, and a small area of paper loss to a corner of the address sheet (text unaffected) - in nearly very fine condition.

Accompanied by a facsimile pencil portrait of Cherubini. Provenance: Johannes Brahms (loose bookplate reading `Aus dem Nachlasse Johannes Brahms / no. 384 / Die Erbenvertretung Hamburg - Wien` and wrapper inscribed `Cherubini`, perhaps in Brahms` hand); Sotheby`s, 12 May 1981, lot 81.

In parts:
"Mon cher D`Henneville
je serai de retour à Paris lundi dans la matinée; veuillez en attendant, si vous ne l`avez fait déjà, veuillez [...] donner l`ordre de mettre, toute ce qui regarde le Conservatoire, à la disposition de la commission qui doit organiser le service funéraire de ce pauvre Bellini [...]
de ce compositeur à quel j`étais véritablement attaché [...]"

"My dear D`Henneville
I will be back in Paris on Monday morning; Please in the meantime, if you have not already done so, please [...] give the order to place everything that concerns the Conservatory at the disposal of the commission which must organize the funeral service of this poor Bellini [ ...] of this composer to whom I was truly attached [...]"

Further Information on the person

(1760-1842) Italian composer who spent most of his working life in France.

Year of Birth: 1760

Biography (AI generated)

Luigi Cherubini was an Italian composer, born on September 14th, 1760 in Florence, Italy. He is widely regarded as one of the most significant composers of the 18th and 19th centuries, known for his operas and sacred music.

Cherubini began his musical training at a young age, studying at the conservatory in Bologna before moving to London in 1784 to further his career. He gained recognition for his operatic works during this time, including "Lodoiska" and "Medea."

In 1791, Cherubini moved to Paris, where he became the director of the Conservatoire de Paris and established himself as a prominent figure in the French music scene. He composed numerous operas, symphonies, and sacred works during his time in the city.

Cherubini's compositions were known for their dramatic intensity and innovative harmonic language, influencing many composers who came after him. He was also recognized for his skillful use of orchestration and his ability to evoke powerful emotions in his music.

Throughout his career, Cherubini received numerous accolades and honors, including being appointed as a member of the French Legion of Honor. He continued to compose until his death on March 15th, 1842 in Paris, leaving behind a rich legacy of music that continues to be celebrated today.

Luigi Cherubini's impact on the world of classical music is undeniable, with his works continuing to be performed and studied by musicians and scholars around the world. His contributions to the opera and sacred music genres have solidified his place as one of the most important composers of his time.

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