Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Cinti-Damoreau mss., 1827-1856, are letters and a contract of Mme. Laure (Cinthie Montalant) Cinti-Damoreau, 1801-1863, singer and composer who resided much of her life in Paris, France. During her career she sang in London, Brussels, the United States, The Hague, and St. Petersburg. In Paris she was engaged by the Opera and the Opera-Comique. From 1834 to 1856 she was professor of singing at the Conservatoire in Paris. She published several compositions and "Methode de Chant."

With reference to the materials in this collection: In 1827 she wrote to 'ma bonne petite soeur' about her success in Brussels and about her costume (21cm., 4pp.); in November, 1832, she signed a contract with the Director of the Paris Opera, Louis Desire Veron, 1798-1867, concerning salaries (25cm., 2pp.); on April 23, 1843, she sent a note to Monsieur Mazelier about tickets (20cm., 2pp.); on October 22, 1844, a message to Monsieur Duverger rejected the proposed affair at Brussels for the concert of Jansenne at Lyons (13cm., 2pp.); on February 23, 1856, she announced to Madame Berthault the marriage of her daughter Marie to Jean Baptiste Theodore Weckerlin, 1821-1910, composer, writer on music, and editor (17cm., 2pp.). In the following undated letters Mme. Cinti-Damoreau wrote (1) to Hermine Gebauer on December 3, 'ma chere petite Hermine' to whom she had given singing lessons (17cm., 2pp.); (2) to Adolph Nourrit, 1802-1839, tenor, whom she is charging with a mission for the Director of the Theatre de Gand (20cm., 1p. with address leaf); (3/4) to Ferdinand Paer, 1771-1839, composer, requesting first a modification in the air of a composition (16cm., 1p.) and second, the return of the music for a concert (13cm., 1p with address leaf); (5) to Madame Leontine Volnys concerning the change in a program (13cm., 1p. with address leaf).

These manuscripts were a part of the music collection of Marc Pincherle, 1888-1974, musicologist, sold at auction March 3-5, 1975.

Collection size: 9 items

Related manuscripts: Cinti-Damoreau mss. II

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