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ANTONIO BAZZINI – VIOLINIST

One page octavo, autographed letter signed by the virtuoso violinist and composer to his publisher/agent Schott in London.  He writes on embossed stationary of the Bath Hotel in Deventer, Holland, March 8, 1854. We offer with an original  4” x 6” 1897 printed memorial lithograph of the violinist.

 

Deventer - March 8, 1854

 

Dear Sir,

 

I take the liberty to inform you that at the end of this month, or at the latest in the first days of April I set out for London to spend the season there, and counting on your obliging offers, and on the chance of you have not sent any proofs.  I would like to ask you to kindly to inform the persons who may be useful, and soon make it known to the newspapers, the cost you can bear. I'll pay you back as soon as I get to London. I have been in Holland since the month of December, and I obtained enthusiastic praise which is very rare in this calm and peaceful country. I still have more commitments to fulfill until the end of the month, and as soon as it is finished, I will immediately come to London. My address for Holland is the Amsterdam Hotel Pays Bas. While waiting for the pleasure of shaking your hand, I leave my business to you…   

 

Bazzini (1818-1897) was one of the premiere Italian violinists touring Europe for twenty-four years during the mid 19th Century.  Brescian, he studied music with local composer Faustino Camisani including, piano, organ, violin and composition.  In 1835 he was made the organist of the Brescian Duomo Vecchio.  In 1836 he performed in a quintet in concert with Niccolo Paganini in the audience.  Impressed, Paganini suggested he embark on a career as a touring violin virtuoso. In 1837 Bazzini took his first tour including Milan, Venice, Trieste, Vienna and Budapest.   Between 1841 and 1864 he toured in Europe living in Germany first and then basing himself out of Paris. (at the time of this letter.)  The critics were full of praise, describing his tone as “the human voice” and raving about his masterful bow technique that could “conquer” all the difficult Paganini works. During his touring years he performed in the major cities of Germany, Poland, France, Belgium, England, Ireland, Spain and Italy. Bazzini was also very friendly with the important musicians of the day, including Robert Schumann and Felix Mendelssohn.  A frequent soloist with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra it is rumored he played the first performance of the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto at a “salon” in composer’s home. 

 

In 1864 at the age of fourty-six, he moved back to Breschia to compose; where he also ran the local concert organization.  In 1873 Bazzini was appointed by the Milan Conservatorio as a Composition Professor, duties he shared with the Director Amilcare Ponchielli. As Professor of Composition his pupils included: Giacomo Puccini, Pietro Mascagni and Alfredo Catalani.  Bazzini was highly successful as a composer of solo and chamber works, including 6 string quartets, a quintet and virtuosic solo violin music.  His best known work is his 1852 devilishly difficult scherzo, “La Ronde des Lutins” (The Goblin Dance) which remains in the concert violin repertory.  His large scale works including the operas “Il silfo e l'innamorato” in 1865 and “Turanda” (Turandot) in 1867 which lasted 12 performances at La Scala. It gives one pause to think was it coincidence that Puccini, his pupil took up that subject for his final opera? From 1882 Bazzini was Director of the Milan Conservatory.

An interesting factoid about Bazzini is that in 1868 days after Rossini’s death in Paris, Giuseppe Verdi suggested to Ricordi that a requiem mass be composed and given on the anniversary of his death at the Basilica in Bologna.  Thirteen composers were asked to write sections of the work, Bazzini was assigned the “Dies Irae”.  The work was performed on November 13, 1869 in Bologna and remained buried until 1970, when it was discovered and given its’ first performance since 1869 in 1988.  It has subsequently been played throughout Europe and in America by the New York Philharmonic in 1989.