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Luigi Cherubini Correspondence

A description of his correspondence at Syracuse University

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Cherubini, Luigi, 1760-1842.
Title: Luigi Cherubini Correspondence
Inclusive Dates: 1806-1815
Quantity: 1 folder (SC)
Abstract: Three letters written by the Italian composer Luigi Cherubini.
Language: English
Repository: Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010

Biographical History

Luigi Cherubini (1760-1842) was an Italian composer and music instructor. He was a child music prodigy who went on to write many popular operas as an adult. He moved to France in 1785, where he continued to live and work, successfully surviving the tumultuous regime changes of the Revolutionary and Napoleonic periods. After the end of the eighteenth century, Cherubini's operatic work was less successful and so he began composing church music. In 1822, he became director of the prestigious Conservatoire de Paris.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Luigi Cherubini Correspondence contains three letters by Cherubini. The first letter, written in Italian, is dated 31 March 1806 and is addressed to Sig. Minassi. In this letter, Cherubini discusses a work by Giovanni Pico della Mirandola.

The second letter, written in French, is dated 22 March 1815. It was sent by Cherubini from London to his wife, Anne C├ęcile Tourette, who remained in France. During this period, Cherubini had been invited to England by the London Philharmonic Society, which commissioned him to write and perform a number of musical pieces.

The last item is undated and written in French. It appears to have been written later in Cherubini's life. At the top of this letter, which is in essay format, Cherubini describes himself as the "directeur du Conservatoire de Musique," a position he took in 1822. He discusses the technique of contrepoint rigoureux (counterpoint) in this essay, suggesting that it was written around the same time Cherubini was working on his textbook, Cours de contrepoint et de fugue, published in 1835.

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Arrangement of the Collection

Items are in chronological order.

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Subject Headings


Cherubini, Luigi, 1760-1842.


Composers -- France -- Correspondence.

Genres and Forms




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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Luigi Cherubini Correspondence,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Purchased, 1969.

Finding Aid Information

Created by: LMD
Date: 27 January 2010
Revision history:

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SC 377 1806, 1815, undated

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