olin Coleman Music

Id 26801
Category antiquarian music
Author / Composer URBANI, Pietro (1749-1816)
Title A Select Collection of Original Scotish Airs, With Select and Characteristic Scotch & English Verses. The most part of which Written by the Celebrated R. Burns, Arranged for the Voice with Introductory & Concluding Symphonies, And Accompaniments for the Piano Forte, Violin and Violoncello. Humbly Dedicated By Permission To Her Grace The Dutchess of Bedford. [Score].
Place Edinr.
Publisher Printed and sold by Urbani & Liston
Publication Date [1804, wm 1802]
ISBN / Plate No.
Size Folio. [xii (title, dedication, preface, list of subscribers, contents)], 59, 59pp.
Description Stitched as issued (corners and edges chipped and creased). Title dusty, slight tear at inner margin reinforced on verso, and with some spots around the upper margin. Engraved. Music and lyrics on facing pages, with parallel pagination. "Urbani is said to have obtained a MusD from the University of Milan; he then went to London with his countryman Rontzini in search of work, spent unspecified years there and in Dublin, appeared singing Scottish songs at concerts in Glasgow between 1781 and 1784, and settled in Edinburgh in 1784. In Edinburgh he sang at the Musical Society concerts in St Cecilia's Hall and published six volumes of Scottish songs, including original songs of his own; he ran a music shop and publishing house with Edward Liston at 10 Princes Street from 1795, wrote a singing instruction manual, and lost a lot of money mounting Handel's oratorios. Around 1808 he returned to Dublin, destitute, and died there in 1816. Robert Burns met Urbani in 1793 and described him as ‘a narrow, contracted creature’. Burns, always easy-going, put up with Urbani's vanity and commercial self-interest for the sake of his fine singing and the promotion he was giving to Scottish songs, but refused to give him lyrics already promised to George Thomson" (Grove Music Online).
Reference WorldCat references two copies.
Price £175.00

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