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1784, 14 October
My most beloved friend and sister, Susan,
I write to you from la dolce, Roma, where I have passed several pleasant days in the company of our dear father. He is understandably pleased with himself on the occasion of this commission from the Vatican. Father has completed the composition, which is to be premiered during Passion Week in the papal chapel, and is, as I write, presenting the work to the Vatican direttore di musica. I have heard it played and am…Continue
14 October 1784
Rocca Sorrentina, Italy
Gabriel and I arrived by boat three days since. The journey was exhausting and already I am abandoned by my spouse. He is off to Milan where there is to be a new opera house. Gabriel hopes to find employment there. Given the difficulties of travel and the availability of a fine room here at the Villa Vesuviana, we decided it would be better for me to take respite from the journey. Gabriel will send for me if it seems he will be in…Continue
6 October 1794
Dearest of all friends, Lorsagne,
It is not yet light as I write this farewell. I am told my ship, The Isabella, will set sail just after dawn. I know you expect me to return to Rocca Sorrentina after some time with Father, but I find that is not to be. It is not just the disappointing news you recently shared that night when friends gathered in my villa rooms. That report might turn me from all Frenchmen for the remainder of my lifetime,…Continue
Dearest Father, Composer of My Very Being and Arbiter of My most Consequential Choices,
I write first and foremost to congratulate you, Father! No daughter of any great man could be more proud than I am to hear of your recent commission in Rome. Music for Holy Week at…Continue