Pixis, Johann Peter. (1788 - 1874)
Autograph Letter Signed - "We have arrived in the beautiful country of Italy!"
ALS of the notable German pianist-composer, then based in Paris to Carlo Severini, stage director of the Parisian Thêatre Italian, in Bologna. In French. Turin, June 10, 37. 2 pp. Bifolium (address on p. 4). In full: "We have arrived in the beautiful country of Italy! The poor weather that ruled for a long time, combined with some important business, delayed our trip by a month. We expect to stay here for two days to listen to some operas, and then we will move on to Milan. If you, by chance, find an opportunity to engage Mlle. Francilla for Lurques [?] or Pisa in the course of the summer, we would appreciate that very much. The season of the other [Italian] states, such as Reggio [Emilia] and Padua are already over or will close soon, it is not worth the effort. – In any case, I have the courage to hope for a response due to your kindness, and I will immediately go to the post office when I arrive in Milan. Francilla and I ask you to accept our most distinguished feelings, and to remember us to Monsieur Rossini that we are looking forward to a reunion in the near future and with you as well. Your devoted servant J. P. Pixis." Francilla Pixis, born Franziska Helma Göhringer (1816-1888), Pixis's foster daughter, was then a rising star among opera singers (mezzo soprano); she also studied with Henriette Sontag and Fernando Paër. Small hole to first leaf; piece of outer edge of of integral address leaf cut off, overall fine. 7.75 x 4.75 inches (19.7 x 12 cm).