As I’ve mentioned in earlier posts, one of the Music Library’s ongoing projects has been built around first and early editions from the Packard Humanities Institute Music Collection, which includes the world’s largest collection of Schubert first editions outside of Vienna. Here are seven more scores from the collection:
Merritt Mus 800.1.722.5 PHI A, earliest state of title page
This selection of recently-digitized scores samples the library’s large collection of works by Gaetano Donizetti (1797-1848), with operas spanning the late 1830s and 1840s, primarily composed for the Paris stage.
The exceptions are the Neapolitan operas L’assedio di Calais, premiered at San Carlo in 1836, and Poliuto/I Martiri, banned in Naples in 1838, and not premiered at San Carlo for another decade. The 4-act Parisian second version, Les Martyrs, is represented here by an Italian edition of the vocal score.
Also on the list, you’ll find Donizetti’s first opera composed specifically for Paris, Marino Falliero; the Italian opera buffa version of La Fille du Regiment, produced at La Scala with recitative rather than spoken dialogue; Rita (1841), posthumously produced in 1860; the first edition vocal score of La Favorite, arranged by Richard Wagner; the 1843 smash hit Don Pasquale; and Donizetti’s final opera, Dom Sébastien.