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Musical scores

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A very special collection of musical scores that consists in 244 musical scores both printed and manuscript. Together in a single section they mainly concern operatic, concert and occasional music.
Most of these scores come from the legatus of the Canavese lawyer and senator Giorgio Ermanno Anselmi (1873-1961), who was, among other positions, senator of the Kingdom of Italy and, in various forms, head of the Provincial Administration, he was certainly a refined bibliophile and collector of ancient books as well as an admirer and collector of musical works of various kinds. From the most important works to those of a particular and specific character on Nineteenth century production in Piedmont and Lombardy.

In general, throughout the collection, the part concerning both the second half of the Nineteenth century and beyond, is aimed above all, but not only, to the Turin masters whose bond with the city of Turin appears through their works loud and clear. Gli Operai piemontesi a Londra by C. Mariotti, for example, or the Piedmontese songs by Angelo Brofferio or the songs collected in the Colan-a Musical dij Brande in which we find among others Veje canson popolar piemonteise soasie and rangia pĕr cant e piano by Alfredo Nicola.
Interesting and connected to a certain subalpine traditionalism the score of the songs of the Comedy of Nino Oxilia and Sandro Camasio Addio giovinezza.
Outside the local context, Donizzetti's printed and handwritten works stand out, including Elisir d'amore. Romance Una furtiva lacrima in L'Elisir d'amore del Maestro Cavaliere Gaetano Donizetti and those of Saverio Mercadante, as well as the religious music of the master Giuseppe Ponchia as the Opera In nomine Jesus - Sette melodie su testi sacri in onore di Gesù per soli, coro e organo per il Concerto Spirituale.
The collection also includes some pieces dedicated to Silvio Pellico, a Polka by Giuseppe Operti dedicated to Delfina Benisson: Le peuple di Charles Albert and not least the Inno di Mameli

Several works by Giuseppe Verdi such as the Rigoletto. Melodrama by F. M. Piave. Music by Maestro G. Verdi... Act III. Prelude and Song La donna è mobile or Il Trovatore four parts drama by Salvatore Cammarano. Place in music by Maestro Giuseppe Verdi. Scenes and Cavatina Tacea la notte placida... Reduction for singing with piano accompaniment by Luigi Truzzi.
In this collection also the graphic aspect of musical scores plays an important role. Musical scores that have covers with particular decorations or illustrations concerning scenes from the work.

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