The Tempietto Rossiniano also houses the autographs of operas performed in Naples for the first time: Elisabetta regina d’Inghilterra (4th October, 1815), Otello (4th December, 1816), Armida (11th November, 1817), La donna del lago (24th October, 1819) , Maometto II (3rd December, 1820), Adina (22nd June, 1826).
The Petite Messe Solennelle, which bears a famous ironic dedication to the “Buon Dio”, was written when Rossini was in Paris in 1863. At one time it was preserved here in its piano and orchestral versions. Today the autograph is displayed at the Rossini National Museum in Pesaro.
The entire corpus of the Péchés de vieillesse can also be seen – chamber compositions that Rossini wrote in the last part of his life and destined for his own musical salon.
Among the other manuscripts there is one purchased by the Banca delle Marche which represents Rossini’s oldest theatrical autograph. It contains an aria to be included in an opera by Luigi Mosca according to a nineteenth-century custom practised by Rossini, especially in his early years. The autograph manuscript “Il voto filiale”, a small cantata that Rossini composed in Naples in 1820 for Francesca Gnecco, daughter of the impresario Emanuele Gnecco. The well-preserved autograph consists of a few pages without any corrections.
There is also one of the album sheets that Rossini used to reserve as a cadeau for friends and admirers, “Mi lagnerò tacendo” signed and dated “Gioachino Rossini 1850, Firenze”, received on deposit by the Municipality of Pesaro, thanks to the generosity of its owner, Ing. Carlo Damerini.