Four scores by Italian composer Gaspare Spontini (1774-1851) have been discovered in the library of the Ursel Castle in Hingene, Belgium. Among them are three long lost operas, Il quadro parlante, Il geloso e l’audace and Le metamorfosi di Pasquale ossia Farsa as well as the cantata L’eccelsa gara. Presumably the music was brought there via the descendants of Spontini’s wife Céleste Erard. Now, a research group from the Royal Antwerp Conservatory will analyze the scores and prepare them for eventual performance and recording.

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