Funeral March Performed at the Funeral of Abraham Lincoln.

Boston: Oliver Ditson & Co, [1865].

First edition, front wrapper without portrait of Lincoln appearing in later issues. Engraved title and piano score; 5 pp. 1 vols. Folio. Loose, as issued; split along spine with some chipping to extremities see Barret Sale, Lot 693; Stern Collection of Lincolniana. Item #235590

Donizetti died 17 years before Lincoln, having gone mad from syphilis. His Funeral March gained a measure of recognition in America after it was performed during Lincoln's funeral ceremonies. It is a heavy, solemn piece in a minor, with droning octaves in the bass, a haunting chromatic figure in the middle register, and a lyrical upper voice.

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