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Sgambati, Giovanni (1841-1914)

Autograph Letter Signed

"J. Sgambati". n/d. One page of a small bifolium. Good condition with horizontal fold and light foxing. With translation.
The Italian composer and pianist writes to an unidentified female recipient to apologize for missing an appointment on account of an injured foot, and hopes they will be able to meet the following day instead.
Though a talented composer with a varietal output, Giovanni Sgambati is best remembered today for promoting non-operatic music in Italy during the late nineteenth century. He became one of the leading Italian pianists of his day, founded a free piano school for underprivileged students in 1869, and saw to the performance of some major instrumental works unknown in Italy, including the Dante Symphony by his close and longtime friend Franz Liszt.
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