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While generally known only as a composer of operas, Gaetano Donizetti in fact also composed a great many other works, totalling more than 600. This anthology of instrumental concertos demonstrates that Donizetti’s command of the exquisite vocal line was not confined to his operas and that he could also write in a carefree, infectiously Rossinian vein. On its first appearance on the Marco Polo label, this recording was described by The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs as “a collection which will give great and repeated pleasure”.
Gaetano Donizetti, while generally known only as a
composer of operas, was in fact responsible for the
composition of a great many other works, totalling 611
in all. Instrumental works make up a relatively small
proportion of these and are apparently occasional in
origin. Nevertheless they are evidence of the skill of the
composer and make interesting additions to the solo
repertoire of the instruments employed. The works here
recorded are now also available in print.
Acknowledgement is due to Professor Raymond
Meylan and Professor Johannes Wojciechowski, who
have traced and edited these works, as well as to the
Paris Bibliothèque Nationale, the Museo Donizettiano
in Bergamo and the Paris Conservatoire National for
allowing their publication.
The Sinfonia in G minor for woodwind had the
original title Sinfonia a soli instrumenti (di fiato), with
the dedication Dedicata al Sig. Nebbie Deleidi (del suo
Oseq.mo Servitore / Gaetano Donizetti / Bologna li 19,
aprile 1817) (Dedicated to Signor Nebbie Deleidi by his
obedient servant Gaetano Donizetti, Bologna, 19th
April, 1817). The work has its origin in the composer’s
period of study in Bologna and has here been
reconstructed by Bernhard Päuler.
Donizetti’s Concertino in C minor for flute and
chamber orchestra is derived from a flute sonata
preserved in autograph in the Museo Donizettiano in
Bergamo (Composizioni giovanili, No. 5 in 64
Fascicolo III.o). The title reads Suonata per / Flauto e
Pianoforte / per uso della Sinora/Marianna Pezzoli-
Grattatoli / Bergamo Ii 15. Maggio 1819 (Sonata for
Flute and Pianoforte for the use of Signora Marianna
Pezzoli-Grattatoli, Bergamo, 15th May, 1819).
The present first edition of Donizetti’s Oboe Sonata
is based on the original manuscript in the possession of
the library of the Paris Conservatoire (Ms.4140). It
bears the title Suonata per / oboe e Pianoforte / di / G.D.
/ all’Amico Severino dgl’Antonj / L’autore D.D.D.
The Concerto in D minor for violin, cello and
orchestra is derived from the autograph preserved in the
Paris Bibliothèque Nationale (reg.no. Ms. 4142). Before
its acquisition by the Bibliothèque Nationale the hastily
written manuscript, extending to some 44 pages, had
been in the private collection of one of the world’s best
known collectors, Charles Malherbe, subsequently
archivist at the Paris Opéra. The manuscript cost him, as
the first page of the score reveals, the sum of 30 francs
and 60 centimes. The dating of the work is not clear, but
its general lay-out suggests that it belongs rather to the
early Bergamo period than the later period in Paris.
Donizetti’s Concertino for cor anglais and
orchestra was written for a fellow-student at the
Conservatory in Bologna. It carries the title Concertino
/ Per Corno Inglese Sctitto / Dal Signor Gaetano
Donizetti / per / il Sig. e Giovanni Catolfi / Alunno del
Liceo Filarmonico / L’anno 1816. It was intended for an
instrument in G which is no longer in use, with a range
of two octaves and a second, lying a fourth lower than
the usual oboe of the time. For modern performance the
cor anglais or the oboe d’amore are the most suitable
The present version of Donizetti’s Concertino for
clarinet and orchestra is an attempt to reconstruct the
original form of the work from sketches in the
composer’s own hand for the first movement (middle
part of Ms. 4144, Bibliothèque Nationale), entitled
Esquisse pour hautbois and for the second movement
the Museo Donizettiano Mss. Nos. 1 2a (score) and 12a
Ccl (piano reduction). The reconstruction has attempted
to link the two movements, with additions, transposition
and scoring of the first movement and a critical revision
of the very defective material for the second movement.
Donizetti’s Sinfonia in D minor per la Morte di
Capuzzzi was written for the funeral of Antonio
Capuzzi (1753-1818), the violinist and leader of the
orchestra of Santa Maria Maggiore in Bergamo. The
autograph score is in the Paris Bibliothèque Nationale
and the Museo Donizettiano in Bergamo and the present
edition is the work of Professor Marc Andreae.
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