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Richard Osborne

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195181296

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195181296.001.0001

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Bologna, Paris, Madrid (1829–1834):

Bologna, Paris, Madrid (1829–1834):

Stabat mater, Olympe Pélissier, and Balzac

(p.117) Chapter Twelve Bologna, Paris, Madrid (1829–1834):

Richard Osborne

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The Théâtre Italien’s Édouard Robert spent the winter on a long-drawn-out scouting mission through Italy, beginning and ending in Bologna. He was looking for singers and operas, but he was also acting as a courier between Gioachino Rossini in Bologna and Carlo Severini and Alejandro Maria Aguado in Paris, as plans were laid for the triumvirate to take over the administration of the theater. By the spring of 1832, Rossini had composed six of the 12 movements. Unable to face the task of completing the textually less-promising sections of the poem, he asked Giovanni Tadolini to complete them for him. Their Stabat mater was performed in Madrid on Good Friday 1833. It is not clear when Rossini and Olympe Pélissier first met. Whenever that was, the relationship itself appears to have taken root in 1832. A letter to Honoré de Balzac in January invited him to supper in the company of Rossini.

Keywords:   Gioachino Rossini, Bologna, Carlo Severini, Alejandro Maria Aguado, Paris, Giovanni Tadolini, Stabat mater, Madrid, Olympe Pélissier, Honoré de Balzac

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