"Gammes". Musical manuscript with autograph revisions, signed.
Folio (276 x 360 mm). (14) pp. (final blank). Sewn and stored in custom-made giltstamped board portfolio and slipcase.
The full title of these modulation exercises, written but a year before the composer's passing, is "(Gammes) / Des Montées des Descentes / Deux Gammes Chinoises / suivies / d'une Mélodie Analogue. / Le tout dédié à mon Ami / Mr Jobart Millionnaire / (Toujours de la Blague)". Rossini, who had written his final opera "Guillaume Tell" in 1829 and spent the remainder of his life concentrating on sacred music and chamber music, had in 1857 begun to compose a series of musical collections which he withheld from his publishers but which he would play for his numerous visitors. "The collections, which he termed 'Sins of Old Age', were given by his widow to the Liceo Musicale in Pesaro; only from 1954 onwards have some of them acquired a wider renown due to publication by the 'Fondazione Rossini' (Pesaro)" (cf. MGG XI, 953f.). Among these "Sins", collected in 13 volumes and two supplements, are more than 100 pieces for piano which are notorious for their witty titles such as "Tortured Waltz", "Asthmatic Etude", "Chromatic Turntable" oder "Miscarriage of a Polka Mazurka". The present pieces encompass: [p. 1] "Montée" for piano; scribal hand. [pp. 2-3] "Descente" for piano; scribal hand with a small correction by Rossini on p. 3. [p. 4] "Montée" for piano; scribal hand. [p. 5] "Descente" for piano; scribal hand. [p. 6] "1ère Gamme Chinoise Montante et Descendante" for piano; scribal hand with a few erasures and corrections by Rossini. [p. 7] "2ème Gamme Chinoise Montante et Descendante" for piano; scribal hand, but rather thoroughly revised by Rossini. [pp. 8-12] "L'amour à Pékin. Petite Mélodie sur la Gamme Chinoise" for piano and voice. The first words of the title as well as the text of the song are in Rossini's hand; also, some of the music (in the scribe's hand) has been revised by Rossini.
Traces of handling and fingerstaining at edges; binding a little loosened, but well preserved in lilac-coloured custom portfolio.