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«Dal mio Fidias». Correspondances de Liszt et de Rossini avec la duchesse Colonna, dite Marcello

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  • Schweizer Jahrbuch für Musikwissenschaft - Annales Suisses de Musicologie - Annuario Svizzero di Musicologia. - 2013, vol. 33, p. 99-131
English The Duchess Colonna (1836-1879), also known as Marcello, was a renowned sculptress. She was in contact with many composers amongst who were Franz Liszt and Gioachino Rossini. This paper offers a publishing of the correspondence they exchanged, preserved in the Fonds Marcello des Archives de l’Etat de Fribourg. It also relates the relation- ships the Duchess Colonna had with both composers thanks to a compilation of excerpts from the Duchess’s general correspondence, for the most part previously unpublished. A long elaborate description of the ceremonies hosted in honour of Liszt in Hungary dat- ing from the 8th to the 11th of November 1873 is in this collection. Finally, an unedited handwritten score by Rossini is preserved with a letter he wrote to the Duchess Colonna dating from the 6th of March 1864. In the letter he apologises to the Duchess Colonna for not having been able to visit her because of illness. For this reason he entitles his musical present L’invalide. Contemporary of Péchés de vieillesse, L’invalide is a parody of this new craze for composition. Therefore this manuscript enlightens the last phase of Rossini’s works.
Faculté des lettres et des sciences humaines
Département de musicologie
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