4 June 2008
TARTINI, Giuseppe (1692-1770). Autograph letter signed to Giovanni Battista Martini, Padua, 25 March 1741, one page, 4to on a bifolium with integral address leaf (seal tears with loss, small restoration, a few tiny holes from ink corrosion). Provenance: the Albin Schram Collection.
Tartini writes to Giovanni Battista Martini, 'maestro di capella' at the Franciscan church in Bologna, asking him to oversee the dispatch of a silk robe to Ferrara and a box of cocoa to Venice ('La robba di seta non doveva esser postar in conto con il cacao, e costi venissi à mio cugino'; 'Lei addrizzarzà il cacao più presto che mai può per Venezia'). Amongst other matters, Tartini alludes to problems with a business partner, 'questa ultima circostanza mi mortifica de tal maniera, che non so esprimerle ... Siamo in giorni santi, non dico altro ...'.
Martini (1706-1784) led the orchestra in the Franciscan church in Bologna from the age of nineteen; with the young Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the cellist Giovanni Battista Cerri amongst his pupils, he was a great influence on Tartini and his theories of music. Credited with the discovery of 'sum and difference tones', Tartini produced treatises as a theorist from 1750 until his death.
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