Il viaggio a Reims (1825) and Le Comte Ory (1828)
Written in honour of the coronation of Charles X in 1825, Il viaggio a Reims was a sumptuous enough musical banquet temporarily to silence gossips and malcontents in the Parisian musical world who thought Gioachino Rossini remiss in not bringing forward a new composition sooner. However, although it was a considerable success at the time of its premiere, its subsequent history was a chequered one. Sections which were soon to form part of Le Comte Ory were worked over, submitted as copy to Eugène Troupenas, and subsequently lost. The autograph of the remainder survived more by luck than good management. Bequeathed by Olympe Pélissier to Rossini’s doctor, Vio Bonato, it was acquired by Queen Margherita of Savoy, widow of Italy’s King Umberto I, who donated it to the Santa Cecilia Academy in Rome in the 1920s.
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