ROUSSEAU Jean-Jacques (1712-1778). MANUSCRIT... - Lot 1193 - Ader

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ROUSSEAU Jean-Jacques (1712-1778). MANUSCRIT... - Lot 1193 - Ader
ROUSSEAU Jean-Jacques (1712-1778).
MANUSCRIT MUSICAL autograph, Armida... oh stelle ! non partirò. Scena del Sigr Antonio Sacchini, Milano 1772; oblong notebook in4 of a title page and 19 pages bound with a blue ribbon (a few tiny ink spots on the first and last pages), under an old silk shirt brocaded green water green lined with pink moire with old pink satin ribbon; black half-marquin box-case lined
with pink suede (Loutrel).

Beautiful manuscript of musical copy by Jean-Jacques


Jean-Jacques Rousseau recounted in the Confessions (book VIII) how in 1751 he stopped working for Dupin de Francueil and started copying music to earn a living. In September 1770, he resumed his job as a music copyist and practiced it until 1777, at ten sols per page. In his Dictionary of Music, one can read the long article Copiste, in which Rousseau explains the superiority of copied music over engraving, and the care that should be taken: "The most skillful copyist is the one whose music is executed with the greatest ease." To do this, he must "make his note legible and clear", choosing "beautiful, strong, white, mediocrely thin paper [...] The ink must be very black [...]; the Reglure fine, even and well marked, but not black like the Note; on the contrary, the lines must be a little pale, so that the Eighth notes, sixteenth notes, Sighs, Half Sighs and other small signs are not confused with them, and so that the Note comes out better. ...] if the Copyist wants to do himself honour, he must settle his paper himself". For Italian music, the paper must be set "whose length is in the direction of the Lines. ...] The Italian paper is usually ten staffs long, which divides each page into two Accolades of five staves each for the Ordinary Airs;

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