Lot 53: A. CORELLI. FINE AND IMPORTANT LETTER ABOUT HIS EARLIEST SONATA FOR VIOLIN AND BASS, 1679

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Description: sending him a copy of his sonata for violin and lute through the good offices of Scipione Zanelli, and assuring him that he is the only person in the world to have this music, save he himself who retains the original; Corelli suggests that, once the Count is satisfied with his Sonata performed with violin and lute, he might try it out with a violin and violone, since he feels that this will have the best effect of all, excusing himself and his brothers if it fails to measure up to the deep debt of gratitude that they all owe him, and conveying his deepest respects ("...Quando veda che la Sonata riesca a Viol o e leuto, favorisca anco provarla à Viol o e Violone perche spero che habbi à fare buonissimo effetto...")

1 page, 4to (c.27 x 20.5cm), anchor watermark, Rome, 3 June 1679;

together with a letter by Scipione Zanelli about the commission, addressed to Count Fabrizio Laderchi, assuring him that he knows Corelli well, and that he will find out where he lives and once he has received the sonatas and his answer, he will forward them to him immediately, 1 page, 4to, Rome, 29 April 1679 

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Literature: C. Piancastelli, In onore di Arcangelo Corelli (1913), 39; M. Rinaldi, Arcangelo Corelli (1953), Document V (p.429); A. Cavicchi, 'Corelli e il violinismo bolognese' in Studi corelliani (1968), pp.36-39;  P. Allsop, Arcangelo Corelli (1999), p.30; NB: not listed in the Catalogo della mostra delle edizioni e manoscritti corelliani nelle raccolte Piancastelli della Biblioteca Comunale di Forlì (1967)
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