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Autographed Madame Moriss of Paris carte de visite photograph of the French composer and administrator to his librettist Victorien (Victor) Sardou, March, 1863.

To the good and spiritual Victor, his devoted……

Vaucorbeil (1821-1884) was a powerful musician in 19th Century France.  From a Jewish theatrical family, he entered the Paris Conservatoire in 1835 with the help of Emperor Louis Philipe’s wife Queen Marie-Amalie, where he studied for 7 years with the likes of Luigi Cherubini for composition and Antonin Marmontel for piano.  His career in music began after his graduation from the Conservatoire Nationale de Paris in 1842.  At first he earned a living as a singing pedagogue, publishing popular chansons and composing more serious music in his spare time. He wrote two string quartets, several violin sonatas, a viola sonata and solo piano pieces.  In 1861 he engaged the thirty year old Victorien Sardou, known by his friends as Victor to write the libretto to a new opera comique, “La Bataille d' amour”.  Sardou would go on to write among other plays, “La Tosca” which Puccini would later turn into an opera.  The three act “La Bataille d' amour” would premiere at the Salle Favart on April 13, 1863.  The contemporary accounts of the period labeled it musically beautiful, but not charming and warm for a comedy.  In 1870, his scene “La Mort de Diane” was premiered at the Conservatoire with Gabrielle Krauss singing the part of Diane, it was performed with some regularity by the Concerts du Conservatoire for many years.  By 1872 he decided there was not enough money in composition so he took the position of Commissioner of the State Theatres of France, which led to his appointment in 1878 as Commissioner of Beaux-Arts, which led to the Directorship a year later of the Opera de Paris a position he held until his early death at 62.  During his five years as the Director of the Opera, he commissioned Gounod’s “Polyceute”, Thomas’s “Francoise di Rimini”, Saint Saëns “Henry VIII”, Massenet’s “Sapho” among the many.  Rossini apparently held Vaucorbeil in his highest esteem which led to the authorized editing of his works after his death.

An interesting autographed carte photograph with a superb provenance.

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