Important unpublished musical manuscript by Bizet, very rare, orchestration by Bizet of the Overture to the opera David Rizzio by Hippolyte Rodrigues .
Hippolyte RODRIGUES (1812-1898), a wealthy stockbroker, also a lawyer, was also a writer and composer; he retired early enough to devote himself to writing and composing music, especially melodies and piano pieces, but also more ambitious works, such as this David Rizzio; he was also secretary of the Israelite Scientific-Literary Society. His sister Léonie had married the composer Fromental Halévy, Bizet's master.
Hippolyte Rodrigues was thus Geneviève Halévy's uncle, and witness of her marriage with Bizet on June 3, 1869; he lent the young couple his house in Saint-Gratien for their honeymoon.
Hippolyte Rodrigues gave in 1866 a first edition of the libretto of his opera David Rizzio; he published the piano-chant score (preceded by the libretto) of this opera in 4 acts (first designated as a lyric drama in 3 acts and 4 tableaux), words and music by Hippolyte Rodrigues, in a private edition in 1873 (Saint-Germain, impr. of Eugène Heutte); Bizet listed this score in the catalogue of his music library. David Rizzio (1533-1566) was the secretary (and lover?) of Marie Stuart; he was murdered by the jealous Lord Darnley (husband of the Queen of Scotland) and a conspiracy of Protestant nobles.
Bizet's manuscript is written in brown ink on 32-line paper, with 2 systems of 15 staves per page (except on the last page which has only one system).
The title page includes a first title: "Ouverture. / Jean-Jacques. "followed by the title written by Bizet: "Overture by / David Rizzio / composed