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CAMILLO SIVORI - VIOLINIST

Verso autographed and inscribed Schemboche of Torino & Firenze carte de visite photograph of the violinist, Genoa, January 1st, 1869.

(Ernesto) Camillo Sivori (1815-1894) was one of the most celebrated violinists of the 19th Century.  On par with the pyro-technic pianists of the period, Sivori held his own in the mastery of the most fiendishly difficult pieces in the repertory and wrote plenty of his own original pieces, transcriptions and variations of his own.  He was a pupil of Antonio Restano from the age of 5 and made his debut a year later.  He moved to Niccolo Paganini who took a shining to the talented Sivori, taught him, wrote several works for him, a concertino and six violin sonatas with varying accompanying instruments, guitar, viola and cello. He was to be Paganini’s only true pupil.  The Master gave him a Vuillaume violin which he played until 1840, as it was a near replica in sound, weight and touch to Paganini’s Guarnerius, “Il Cannone”. Later, in 1840, Paganini willed him his berst Stradivarius.  Paganini placed Sivori with his old teacher Giacomo Costa and later with Agostino Dellepiane, the concertmaster of the San Carlo Felice Theatre in Genoa and also head of the Convervatory there.  He made his adult debut in Turin in 1827 and then set his sites on London and Paris, where he made his local debuts.  In 1846 he toured the Americas through 1850, playing often with Henri Herz in concert, though according to “Kate Field’s Washington” he played to a house of 2000 there.  Sivori retired after a final tour of France in 1870, the year after our card was signed.

The autograph on the verso could not be cleaner and dark, the photograph a tad light as seen.