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You know not the spell : the celebrated duett of "Non sai qual incanto- as sung by Sigrs. Velluti and Curioni, in the opera of Il crociato in Egitto / [composed by G. Meyerbeer].
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Bound in the Stewart Symonds sheet music collection no. 3, volume of songs and music, circa 1824-1827.
Caption title.
For 2 voices and piano.
Italian and English words.
"The Italian words translated into English poetry and adapted to the accent of the music" --under the caption title.
Ellard label with publication information stuck over Willis publication information - "Sold at Ellard's music saloon, 47 Lower Sackville St. Dublin". Obscures Ent. Sta. Hall. and London publication information.
Pagination: pages 2-6 for this individual score and pages 64-68 of Il Crociato volume.
Number 7 at the bottom left hand side of each page.
Plate number: (193).
Pencil annotations.
Il Crociato premiered in London in 1825.
Dating: The beauties of Il crociato in Egitto published by I. Willis is reviewed as new music in The Monthly Magazine March, 1826.
This sheet music was most likely purchased in Sydney in 1839 from the music shop of Irishman Andrew Ellard (c1780-1859). Andrew had previously run a business in Dublin as a music publisher, music seller and music instrument maker, 1819-1838, and was the father of Francis Ellard who had established a music business in Sydney in 1833. Many of these pieces of music bound together in a single volume, by Sydney bookbinder C. Kern, contain a label for Ellard's Dublin Music Saloon and was probably part of the stock he had brought out to Australia. Ellard closed his Sydney business at the beginning of 1840 and Alexander Maconochie, commandant of Norfolk Island, purchased the remaining stock of music scores and musical instruments for use at the convict settlement.
Provenance: Stewart Symonds sheet music collection.
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Dublin : Ellard's music saloon, 47 Lower Sackville St., ; [London] : [I. Willis & Co. Royal Musical Repository 55, St. James's St. & 7 Westmorland St. Dublin],
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193 ; I. Willis & Co.
1 score (pages 2-6) ; 34 cm.
Giovanni Battista (Giambattista) Velluti, (b Montolmo [now Corridonia], Ancona, Jan 28, 1780; d Sambruson di Dolo, Venice, Jan 22, 1861) was an Italian soprano castrato. The last of the great operatic castrati, Velluti was without a rival for the last
decade of his career. His retirement marked the end of an era in operatic history. (Grove Music online).
Alberico Curioni (b Milan, 1785; d Torno, Como, March 1875) was an Italian tenor. Played Adriano in the London première of Il crociato in Egitto (1825). (Grove Music online).
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