Drouet, Louis, French flautist and composer (1792-1873). "Mélodies de l'opéra 'Belisario' de Donizetti, transcrites pour piano et flûte". Autograph musical manuscript.

N. p., 1857.

Folio. Title, 30 pp. Brown ink on 12-stave paper, 4 systems of 3 staves per page. Sewn.


Louis Drouet dedicated his arrangement of melodies from Donizetti's opera "Belisario" (1836) for flute and piano to his daughter Lina Drouet. The piece was intended to be performed as a "morceau de salon".

Often referred to as the "Paganini of the flute", Louis Drouet was one of the most celebrated flautists of his time. The son of an expatriate French barber in Amsterdam was an autodidact before entering the Paris conservatory at the age of seven. At 16, he was first flutist and teacher of Louis Bonaparte, then King of Holland. An international career as a flute virtuoso followed. Among his stage partners and friends was Felix Mendelssohn. In 1840, Drouet was appointed director of music by Ernest I, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha.

The title written in a different hand. Some foxing and browning; tears to the fold of the title-leaf.

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