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Spagnoletti family

Dr GRAEME SKINNER (University of Sydney)


To cite this:

Graeme Skinner (University of Sydney), "Spagnoletti family", Australharmony (an online resource toward the history of music and musicians in colonial and early Federation Australia):; accessed 15 August 2018


Violinist, orchestral leader, composer

Born Cremona, Italy, 24 May 24 1773
Died London, England, 23 September 1834 (TROVE tagged by Australharmony) (NLA persistent identifier)

Ernesto senior's more famous father, Paolo Spagnoletti, was frequently mentioned in the Australian press; his pupil, amateur violinist George Boyes, came to Australia in 1824; William Vincent Wallace was a member of the orchesdtra Spagnoletti led at the Theatre Royal, Dublin, playing next to him on the same desk; see Leake, Annals of the Theatre Royal Dublin 1821-1880, (75), 76-77

[75] The first properly organized Italian Opera Company in Dublin commenced then on the 14th October, 1829, under the management of Signor de Begnis . . . Leader, Signor Spagnoletti. The campaign commenced with "Il Barbiere," then at the height of its popularity . . . Signor Spagnoletti led with his bow, playing his violin at intervals (the conductor's baton had not as yet been introduced). [77] He was a great master of his instrument, and for years had kept together with a firm and powerful hand the fine band, chorus and principals of the Italian Opera House in London. He had, however, two great lieutenants, Lindley (violoncello), and Dragonetti (double bass). Signor Spagnoletti, in addition to his great musical genius, had a keen sense of the ridiculous, and frequently amused the members of his orchestra with some witty observation or droll action. On one occasion, after rehearsal, he descended from his elevated seat, stooped, and was observed to search closely as if under the music-stand of the violin players. W. Vincent Wallace (who, at this time, played from the same desk as Spagnoletti) asked him what he was looking for; when the Signor replied - "Ah, for a great many notes which I missed from some of the violin parts. I suppose I shall find them after two or three nights more." He added, at the same time, addressing Wallace - "You didn't drop any." The future eminent composer was a most accomplished violinist, and received much praise, and a souvenir from Signor Spagnoletti at the termination of the season. It will be new to many to learn that Rossini's "Il Turco in Italia," and "La Gazza Ladra" were produced during this engagement; also "Il Fanatico per la Musica," in which De Begnis seemed to revel . . .


Born c. 1770
Died Brompton, London, England, 1833; buried Holy Trinity, Brompton, 19 June 1833, aged 63

SPAGNOLETTI, Ernesto Domenico (Della DIANA) (senior)

Professor of music, vocalist, organist, composer

Born London, 1804, only son of Paolo Spagnoletti (1768-1834)
Married Charlotte STOHWASSER, ? before 1832
Arrived Sydney, NSW, by October 1853
Died Sydney, NSW, 28 September 1862, aged 58 (TROVE tagged by Australharmony) (NLA persistent identifier)


Born London, England, 1809; baptised St. Leonard's, Hounslow, 12 February 1809 (daughter of Michael STOHWASSER and Ann THORNLEY)
Married Ernesto SPAGNOLETTI, before 1832
Died Hampstead, London, England, 10 December 1901, aged 92


Born Brompton, London, England, 12 July 1832
Died Hampstead, London, England, 28 June 1915

SPAGNOLETTI, Ernesto (junior)

Professor of music, composer

Born London, 1837
Died Sydney NSW, 1871 (TROVE tagged by Australharmony)


Amateur male vocalist

Born Brompton, London, England, April-June 1839
Active Sydney, NSW, 1859 (? son of Ernesto Spagnoletti, senior)
? Departed, before 1862 (see Ernesto Spagnoletti obituary above)
Died Staines, London, England, April-June 1916

SPAGNOLETTI, Nina (Madalena Emilia; Mrs. Spencer WHATLEY)

Soprano vocalist

Born Brompton, London, England, 1841; baptised Holy Trinity, Brompton, Arrived Sydney, NSW, by October 1853 (daughter of Ernesto Spagnoletti, senior)
Departed Sydney, NSW, 1 April 1865 (per Orwell, for London) Married Spencer WHATLEY, St. Paul's, Hammersmith, London, England, 26 August 1869, aged "27"
Died Camberwell, London, England, 1892 (TROVE tagged by Australharmony)



Charlotte, baptised at St. Leonard's, Heston, in 1809, was a daughter of the musician Michael Stohwasser, music master, and his wife Ann Thornley. Stohwasser taught oboe and clarinet at the Royal Academy of Music, and a Frederick Stohwasser (? his son) was one of the early students there, elected to a place in the same 1824 intake as Anna Riviere (Cazalet, History, 138, 166). Charlotte's younger sister was the singer and actor Georgina Stohwasser (b. 1811), active from c. 1831 up until her marriage in 1836 to J. R. Anderson, a theatrical manager. Charlotte was still alive, aged 92, at the time of the 1901 census, and living in Hampstead.

In September 1825, he was enrolled at the Royal Academy of Music, where his father was a teacher. He studied under Henry Bishop and Nicholas Bochsa, and along with fellow students including soprano Charles Packer and Anna Riviere (late Anna Bishop) appeared in many of the Academy's concerts. These included Dr Crotch's oratorio Palestine and a musical drama Catherine, or the Austrian Captive by the founder of the Royal Academy, Lord Burghersh in November 1830. He was established as a professor of singing in Brompton Grove, London in 1838, and at Belle Terrace, Albion Road, Hammersmith by 1851.

Spagnoletti, his wife Charlotte and six children arrived in Sydney in August 1853. He advertised for pupils in Italian and English singing and piano and was engaged as choirmaster at St Stephen's Church, Newtown. He performed with his old colleague Anna Bishop in the Sydney concerts of her tour of 1855-6. He was also one of five principal tenors at the 1859 Sydney University Music Festival organised by Lewis Lavenu. In September 1859, Spagnoletti displayed the talents of his daughter Nina and one of his sons at a musical soiree at Clark's Assembly Rooms, William Street, Woolloomooloo.

At the Sydney University Musical Festival in July 1859, "A duett from Don Giovanni, La ci darem, sung by Mr. and Miss Spagnoletti, was very much admired". At Mrs. Chester's farewell concert in November, "Miss Nina Spagnoletti in Linley's ballad of Ever of thee, charmingly executed, and wisely substituted for the hacknied [sic] scena from "Robert le Diable", the vocalist giving for the encore Wrighton's Sweet home, equally well sung." On publication in 1861, Charles Harwood dedicated his song Thinkest thou of me? to her. Nina and her widowed mother sailed for England in April 1865.

Some small confusion remains in conclusively separating the works of the Ernesto senior and Ernesto junior. A few months after Ernesto senior's death, a notice of publication of Ernesto junior's new composition, the St. Leonard's Schottische, by J. R. Clarke, gives a retrospective list of works by E. Spagnoletti, junior understood, that includes a few items that are either certainly or likely to be by Ernesto senior.

Documentation (UK)

"Royal Academy of Music", The New Monthly and Literary Journal (1 December 1826), 505 

At the last Monthly Concert of the pupils of this Institution, at the Academy in Tenterden-street, a variety of excellent pieces were played, among which were the following: - The Overture, a M.S., composed by Master Hart, a pupil of Dr. Crotch. It did equal credit both to master and pupil. A solo on the violin, by Master Seymour, deserved similar approbation. Mozart's "Parto matu ben mio" was sung by Miss Grant as sweetly as the composer could have desired. The first part of the Concert terminated with a MS. chorus, called "Cicl Pietoso," composed by Master Mudie, a pupil of Dr. Crotch; the solo parts by E. D. Spagnoletti and E. Seguin. It was played at the last concert, but was now repeated by desire. It well deserves the applause it has received . . . We must not forget to mention a serenata of Paer's. It was performed rather too slowly in the first part ; but, upon the whole, went off very well . . . The Concert concluded with Rossini's "Se tu m'ami," in the chorus of which the whole of the Pupils of the Academy joined. Dr. Crotch acted as director, except when the piece was the composition of one of the pupils, when he resigned his seat to the composer.

"STATE OF MUSIC IN LONDON", The Quarterly Musical Magazine and Review ( ),

. . . While the Antient Concert aims at the conservation of a particular style - the Philharmonic at the improvement of instrumental music, and at the introduction of compositions and artists of eminent distinction, the committee of the Royal Academy, in their orchestra, have endeavoured to combine all these objects, and they have succeeded to a degree which has not perhaps been before paralleled, at the same time that they desire to create a school in which the rising talent of the country may be cherished, while it receives the united advantages of a general and a musical education upon a national foundation. Such objects, of a benefit so universal, ought not to need the amplest assistance, especially while there is opulence enough in the country to patronize talent of every class and from every clime.

Upon inspection of the "schemes" it will be directly perceptible, - . . .

FIRST CONCERT, Monday, March 12, 1827 . . . [PROGRAM]

. . . [82] . . . SECOND CONCERT, March 26, 1827 . . .

THIRD CONCERT, Monday, April 30, 1827.
- PART I. Grand Sinfonia. (Eroica.) Beethoven. To end with the Marcia Funebre, as a Tribute of Respect to the Memory of the Composer.
Sestetto, Madame Caradori Allan, Miss Bellchambers, Mr. Vaughan, Mr. A. Sapio, Mr. E. Spagnoletti, and Signor De Begnis, "Riconosci in questo amplesso." (Figaro.) Mozart . . .
. . . Leader, Mr. Mori. - Conductor, Sir G. Smart.

[83] . . . FOURTH CONCERT, May 14, 1827.
Grand Sinfonia in E flat. - Mozart.
Septetto, Madame Stockhausen, Miss Childe, Miss Watson, Signor Begrez, Mr. E. Seguin, Mr. A. Sapio, and Signor De Begnis, "Oh come mai quest'anima." (Bellezza e Cuor di Ferro.) - Rossini.
Scena ed Aria, Mr. Sapio, "Ah! perfido." Beethoven.
Aria, Madame Stockhausen, "Ch'io perdessa la mia pace." (L'Audacia Fortunata.) - Sapienza.
Concertino Violino, (Sur un Motif de Rossini.) Monsieur de Beriot. - De Beriot.
Duetto, Madame Pasta and Signor De Begnis, "Non temer mio bel Cadetto." - Mercadante.
Finale to the First Act of Figaro, Madame Pasta, Madame Stockhausen, Miss Bellchambers, Signor Begrez, Mr. A. Sapio, Mr. E. Seguin, Mr. E. Spagnoletti, and Signor De Begnis - Mozart . . .
. . . Leader, Mr. Kiesewetter. - Conductor, Sir G. Smart.

[84] . . . FIFTH CONCERT, Monday, May 28, 1827.
PART I . . . Motet, "O God, when thou appearest." The Solo parts by Miss Stephens, Miss Childe, Mr. E. Spagnoletti, and Mr. A. Sapio. Mozart.
PART II . . . Quartet, Miss Stephens, Miss Watson, Mr. E. Spagnoletti, Mr. E. Seguin, and Chorus, "Cheer her, O Baal". (Athalia.) Handel.
. . . Leader, Mr. F. Cramer. - Conductor, Sir G. Smart.

"Benefit concerts of the Season 1827, concluded", The Harmonicon (July 1827), 171 

MR. SPAGNOLETTI's, Argyll Rooms, Monday, June 25th. All the vocal strength of the King's Theatre, together with a debutant, Signor RAVAGLIA (who sang an air by PACINI,) Mr. E. SPAGNOLETTI, and Miss FOSTER, assisted at this concert. Mr. SPAGNOLETTI played a concerto by Rode, which had never before been performed in this country, with that delicacy for which he is so much distinguished. Madame PASTA sang a cavatina by Meyerbeer, and a duet by Madame PUZZI (Signora Toso). Miss F. AYTON, CURIONI, GALLI, DE BEGNIS, and many others, took a full share of the performance, and the room was crowded with good company.

Letter, Andrew Barnard, to Burghersh, July 1828 [re concert on 13 June 1828]; ed. Cazalet, History, 212-14 

. . . June 13th. Since writing the above, I was sent for by His Majesty (who gave up a proposed musical soiree with artists lest it should interfere with [213] Braham's benefit). He then was graciously pleased to order the pupils to St. James's for Wednesday the 11th.

I give you the bill of fare, with my remarks on the manner of its performance.

Overture. "Freischutz" - Weber.
Serenata. Misses Bromley and Bellchambers; Spagnoletti and Sapio - Paer; Horn, Daniells; violoncello, C. Lucas; harp, Miss Prescott.
Oboe Concerto. G. Cooke - Vogt.
Aria. Miss Childe. "Ah che forse" - Pacini.
Choral Fantasia, Piano. W. H. Holmes - Beethoven.
Overture. "Anacreon" - Cherubini.
Trio. Miss Childe, Sapio, and Seguin. "Oh mime benefico" - Rossini.
Quartetto. Voice, Miss Bellchambers, pianoforte, Miss Foster; violin, Mawkes; and and violoncello, C. Lucas - Moscheles and Mayseder.
Quartetto. "Dorina mia Carina". Miss Riviere; Spagnoletti, Sapio, and Seguin - Sarti.
Finale. First Act of "Don Giovanni" - Mozart.
"God Save the King."
Leader, C. A. Seymour. Conductor, Mr. Potter.

Overture, "Freischutz"; very well done, with great effect. Serenata, Paer, Misses Bromley and Bellchambers, Spagnoletti and Sapio; all frightened, which made it go rather dull . . . Quartetto, "Dorina mia carina", Miss Riviere, Spagnoletti, Sapio, and Seguin; this is an old favourite of the King's, and the execution of it pleased him, but I have heard it better done by the pupils. Finale, first act of "Don Giovanni", concluded the concert, and was done with very great spirit and effect. "God Save the King" was sung better and with as much real feeling and enthusiasm as I ever heard it. Miss Childe's delivery of the words of the first verse was magnificent, and proves that a good school of Italian singing ensures a good style for the language of the country. It must be managed to send this girl to Italy, for her to debiiier at some of the smaller theatres to prepare her for the greater ones, at the same time to improve her taste, knowledge, and pronunciation of the Italian language: she ought not to delay above another year in doing this. I wish you would give a little advice on this subject. Seguin has a very fine bass voice, and ought to do the same; the above qualification will ensure him an engagement. About a young man there can be no difficulty, but a young lady requires a little looking after. Pray give a line on the subject . . .

[Review], The Athenaeum (1829), 713 

Oh, Dearest Girl, I love but thee! a Ballad by Mrs. C. R. Hurley; sung by Mr. E. Spagnoletti, composed and dedicated to him by Joseph C. Taws, of Philadelphia. Vernon.

MR. TAWS is a talented and respected young professor, from America, now residing and teaching in the neighbourhood of London; his song (an affettuoso in D.) is well adapted to Mrs. Huxley's language, and presents a favourable specimen of his experience and knowledge. His intimate friend, Ernest Spagnoletti, (son of our much-respected Opera leader,) is also highly talented, and respected as a tenor vocalist, a teacher of the piano-forte and singing, and is, we believe, at this present time engaged in the Italian dramatic performances at Brighton, with the pupils of the Royal Academy of Music, of which he has been a member. We offer these biographical sketches, this being the first opportunity we have afforded us of noticing these two young and clever professors.

"ROYAL ACADEMY OF MUSIC", The New Monthly Magazine (1 December 1830), 515 

Catherine, the Austrian Captive, by Lord Burghersh - On Saturday, the 6th of November, the pupils of the Royal Academy of Music commenced their dramatic representations in the Concert Room of the King's Theatre. The performance of the evening was rendered doubly interesting by the attendance of their Majesties, and the production of an entirely new composition, under the title of "Catherine, the Austrian Captive," composed by Lord Burghersh . . .

. . . it is far from our intention to depreciate the cut of characters on the present occasion, which included not only the sum total of the higher talent reared by the Academy, but even auxiliary assistance. The principal performers being as follows:-
Sernskier . . Mr. Bennett.
Yussuf . . Mr. Hill.
Leopold . . Mr. Spagnoletti, jun.
Peter . . . Mr. Brizzi.
Col. Cohenberg . . . Mr. ***.
Ismael . . Mr. Segnin, jun.
Catherine . Miss Childe.
Lilla . . . Miss Bromley.
Ghita . . . Miss Osborne.
The choruses by the remainder of the vocal pupils.

. . . Mr. Spagnolctti, in the character of Leopold, displayed, independently of vocal merit, histrionic capabilities of no common order. His performance was marked by a high degree of vivacity, comic humour, and by considerable scenic ease, whether acquired by intuitive tact or by experience. He strongly reminded us of Harley, whom he seems to have chosen for his model. At present there is a little too much redundancy of action and motion; but this defect will subside in time . . .

[Review], The Harmonicon (January 1831), 23

. . . E. Seguin's Figaro shewed more animation than we are accustomed to see in him. His "Non piu andrai" was encored, and in the concerted pieces his powerful voice and steadiness were of the utmost importance . . . Mr. E. Spagnoletti's voice, though a low tenor, is not deep enough.

"MUSIC. Performances of the pupils of the Royal Academy", The New Monthly Magazine (1 January 1831), 23-24 

During the month of December the pupils of the Royal Academy of music continued their operatic performances at the concert-room of the King's Theatre. Mozart's "Cosi fan' tutte," which they had played before, was repeated with indifferent success; and on Saturday, the 10th of December, they produced, for the first time, his "Nozze di Figaro," in a manner highly creditable to two or three of the parties, but, as a whole, far from being perfect, or sufficiently satisfactory for a public exhibition.

Miss Childe, as Susanna, and Mr. Seguin, as Figaro, met with great and well-merited applause . . . Mr. Spagnoletti junior's exertions, as [24] Count Almaviva, were praiseworthy; but the part did not tell: notwithstanding the transpositions occasionally resorted to, it proved too low for his voice; and, besides, there was a want of dignity and of the tokens of the tender passion. There were two or three new debuts in this opera - Miss Williams as the Countess, and Miss Dorrell as Marcellina . . .

. . . Upon the whole, if, as Mr. Logier used to say of his scholars, we are to judge of the tree from its fruit, the institution, though tolerably successful in producing promising instrumentalists, has not been very fortunate in the vocal department. Of the numerous pupils trained during so many years, there are but three or four, at most, who appear at all likely to attain an eminent rank as singers. We are not sufficiently acquainted with the organization of the Academy, and its mode of tuition, to attribute this result to any defect in the system of instruction. Indeed, when we consider the talents and zeal of some of the masters that are, or have been employed - such as Liverati, Coccia, Crivelli, and others, we must look elsewhere for the cause. We are inclined to think, after all, the tree is an exotic which is reared with difficulty in our clime. The dense fogs, the nipping frosts, the raw blasts, which at this very time seem to wage war with each other for our destruction, are alone sufficient to shake the most patriotic confidence in our vocal aptitudes. But it is, probably, not the atmosphere and climate alone which operate disadvantageously in the training of singers. There seems to be a something in the intellectual frame of the inmates of these latitudes which is less susceptible of the Promethean spark of musical feeling, of nerve and enthusiasm, than the organization of the more sensitive and genial children of southern regions. We have no lack of soft and sweet voices; indeed, many are of too honied and languid a tenderness: it is fire, energy, and pathos, that are rarely found indigenous with us, and which, unfortunately, can but little be impartcd by any instruction.

"OLYMPIC THEATRE", The Athenaeum (22 January 1831), 61 

On Wednesday, a one act musical burletta, called "The Chaste Salute," was produced. It is a lively pleasant trifle, which was originally written for Vauxhall-gardens, a few seasons since, and acted there, under the title of "Pay to my Order." As it is not therefore new, we have no occasion to say more of the piece, than that it was quite successful. There were two reasons for its being so: it had succeeded previously elsewhere, and Mr. Planché is the author - either of these would at once account for it. "The Chaste Salute," introduced us to two new musical candidates for public favour, Miss Sydney, and Mr. Spagnoletti - the son of that well-known father, whose fine head and fine taste have long been the chief ornaments of the orchestra at the King's Theatre. Mr. Spagnoletti, jun. has a good person and a good voice - and there seemed to us to be no inconsiderable promise about him, but he was so completely disconcerted by the conduct of three or four ruffians in gentlemen's clothes, who evidently came for the purpose of annoying him, that he never recovered his self-possession, sufficiently to do himself justice - we shall therefore defer a more particular notice of him, until he has been allowed a fairer opportunity. It is idle to preach decency to such animals as those, who came purposely to injure and insult this gentleman, but we wish we could convince some of a better description, who occasionally express their disapprobation of individual actors, by hissing - that the practice is as ungentlemanly, as it is cruel and unfeeling; and that the absence of applause is quite sufficient annoyance for those who live upon it. We have much pleasure in reporting most favourably of Miss Sydney. She gave evidence of good looks, good singing, and good acting, which lead us to congratulate the proprietress on a decided acquisition. Mr. Cooper is a good low comedian, Mr. Raymond and Miss Pincott are rising rapidly and deservedly in public estimation, and altogether, there appears a determination on the part of the spirited less-she, which communicates itself to all under her command, to exert herself to the utmost to merit a continuance of the large portion of public favour which she has already received.

[Advertisement], Morning Post [London] (9 June 1831), 1

ROYAL ACADEMY OF MUSIC - The Subscribers are respectfully informed that the next MORNING CONCERT by the PUPILS will (by permisssion of the Right Honourable the Directors of Antient Concerts) take place at the Hanover-square Rooms, THIS MORNING, the 9th June. To commence at Two o'Clock. Part I. Overture in D, Romberg; Duetto, "Non palpitar," Miss Applerly and Mr. E. Spagnoletti (Medea), Bellini . . . Sestetto (Catherine), Lord Burghersh . . . Part II . . . Finale, 2d Act of Le Nozze di Figaro, Mozart . . .

[Advertisement], Morning Post [London] (2 July 1831), 1

SIGNOR PAGANINI. - KING'S CONCERT ROOM, King's Theatre. - Mr. SPAGNOLETTI most respectfully begs leave to announce that his ANNUAL BENEFIT CONCERT will take place in the above Room on TUESDAY MORNING, July 5, when a Selection of MISCELLANEOUS MUSIC will be performed, in the course of which, in addition to the Solos already announced, Sig. PAGANINI will execute a GRAND CONCERTO on the VIOLIN. Principal Vocal Performers: - Madame Pasta, Madame Rubini, Miss Masson, Miss Childe, and Madame Stockhausen; Signor Rubini, Signor Torri, Signor Curioni, Mr. Spagnoletti, jun., Signor De Begnis, Signor Santini, and Signor Lablache. The Orchestra will consist of the principal Professors engaged atthe Philharmonic Concerts and at the King's Theatre, and will be on the most extensive scale. Leader, Sig. Spagnoletti. Conductor, Signor Costa. Further particulars will be duly announced. Tickets, 10s. 6d. each, may be had of Mr. Spagnoletti, 21, Brompton-square; of Mr. Seguin, at the King's Theatre; and of the principal Musicsellers. Applications for Boxes are requested to be made to Mr. Spagnoletti. The Concert will commence at Two o'Clock precisely.

William Gardiner, Music and friends: or, Pleasant recollections of a dilettante, volume 2 (London: 1838), 564 

. . . [1825] . . . When Rossini visited this country I was introduced to him by Spagnoletti. He was a fine, portly, good-looking fellow, a voluptuary that revelled in the delights of the table as much as in the luxury of sweet sounds. He had just composed a dirge on the death of Lord Byron, the score of which he exhibited to me, obviously penned with the greatest rapidity. I heard part of it performed, and thought it worthy of that great genius . . .

[Review], Morning Post [London] (18 April 1839), 6

The concert of Mademoiselle Bott, the pianiste, at the Hanover Rooms, yesterday morning, was numerously attended . . . the vocal portion of the concert was ably sustained by Mrs. W. Seguin, Miss Lanza, Madame Catrufo, W. Seguin, Cobham, Spagnoletti, and M. Schepens. Both the vocal and instrumental music (with the exception of Catrufo's songs) were accompanied on the piano-forte by Sir George Smart, with his accustomed care and attention.

[Advertisement], Morning Post [London] (30 July 1839), 1

MR. SPAGNOLETTI begs to inform his Friends and Pupils that he has OPENED his ECOLE DE MUSIQUE at No. 2, Charlotte-street, Bedford-square, for the Instruction of young Ladies in the art of Singing, where Masters of celebrity attend to teach the Harp and Pianoforte; and as a distinct, graceful, and eloquent pronunciation is essential to a good vocalist, Mr. S has thought it advisable to engage with a native of Rome to teach the Italian language, and also with an English Professor to Iinstruct in the science of Elocution. Mr. Spagnolelti conceives that the union of thess fashionable accomplishments in the same establishment (any of which may be learnt separately) will be approved of, as it cannot fail to combine economy amongst its other advantages. TERMS. Singing per Quarter £4 4 0; Harp (Mr. F. Chatterton) 4 4 0; Pianoforte (Mr. C. J. Griesbach) 3 3 0; Italian (Signor Garofolini) 2 12 6; Elocution (Mr. J. R. Anderson) 2 12 6; Mrs. Spagnoletti receives the Ladies, and is present on Mondays and Thursdays during the hours of instruction, which are from ten till four.

"INSOLVENTS", Perry's Bankrupt Gazette (28 March 1840), 6

Estates vested in Assignee . . . Spagnoletti Ernesto Domenico Diana, of Old Brompton, professor of music - Marshalsea . . .

Baptisms solemnized in the Parish of Kensington, Brompton district . . . 1841, page 87

No. 689 / 29 July 1841 / Madalena Emilia Diana / Ernesto Diana & Charlotte / Spagnoletti / Old Brompton / Gentleman . . .

English census, 1841; London, Public Record Office, HO 107/690/10; Enumeration schedule 15, Hamlet of Brompton, Parish of Kensington, 23-24

No 4 Brompton Vale / Ernesto Spagnoletti / 35 / Singing master
Charlotte [Spagnoletti] / 29
Charles [Spagnoletti] / 8
Ernesto [Spagnoletti] / 4
Hylton [Spagnoletti] / 2
N. k. [Name not known, female / 14 days

"BIRTHS", Leeds Times [England] (10 June 1843), 8

On the Ist instant, at Brompton Vale, the wife of E. Spagnoletti, Esq., of three daughters, two of which, with their mother, are doing well - the third was stillborn.

"INSOLVENT DEBTORS COURT. Portugal-street", Morning Advertiser [London] (7 December 1850), 4

. . . (Before Mr. Commissioner Phillips, at Eleven.) Final Orders - Edward Ashdown, jun. - James Townshend - Benjamin Fawcett - Erneste Diana D. Spagnoletti.

English census, 1851; London, Public Record Office, HO 107/ 1469; Parish of Hammersmith, 31

. . . Albion Road / Ernesto Spagnoletti / Head / 47 / professor of Singing / [Born] Middlesex, London
Charlotte [Spagnoletti] / Wife / 40 / [Middlesex] Brompton
Ernesto [Spagnoletti] / Son / 14 / [Middlesex Brompton]
Hylton [Spagnoletti] / [Son] / 11 / [Middlesex Brompton]
Charlotte [Spagnoletti] / Dau. / 7 / [Middlesex Brompton]
Zepee [Spagnoletti] / [Dau.] / 5 / [Middlesex Brompton]
Robert [Spagnoletti] / Son / 2 / [Middlesex Brompton]

[Advertisement], Morning Post [London] (4 December 1851), 1

SPAGNOLETTI, TEACHER of SINGING and PlANO. - Schools or Families, in or out of town, attended on moderate terms. - Apply by letter, post-paid, 3, Belle Terre Villas, Albion-road, Hammersmith; or at Messrs. Cramer and Co.'s, Regent-street.

William W. Cazalet, The history of the Royal Academy of Music (London: T. Bosworth, 1854) 

SPAGNOLETTI, TEACHER of SINGING and PlANO. - Schools or Families, in or out of town, attended on moderate terms. - Apply by letter, post-paid, 3, Belle Terre Villas, Albion-road, Hammersmith; or at Messrs. Cramer and Co.'s, Regent-street.

Reports of cases argued and determined in the Court of Queen's Bench ... volume 2 (London: S. Sweet, 1854), 577-79 

"COURT OF QUEEN'S BENCH ... Ex parte GEORGE HENRY DAVIDSON. - June 13, 1853", The Jurist 18/1 (1855), 57-58 

COURT OF QUEEN'S BENCH. [Reported by G. J. P. SMITH, Esq., of the Inner Temple; and W. B. BRETT, Esq., of Lincoln's Inn, Barristers at Law.] TRINITY TERM.

Ex parte GEORGE HENRY DAVIDSON. - June 13, 1853. Registration of Copyright - Application to expunge Entry - 5 & 6 Vict. c. 45, ss. 11, 14.

Upon a Rule Nisi to expunge three Entries made in the Registry at Stationers' Hall, kept under Sect. 11 of Stat 5 & 6 Vict. c. 45, on the Ground that they would be prima facie Evidence in an Action which had been brought against Defendant for publishing the Pieces of Music mentioned in them, alleged to be the Copyright of Plaintiff, the Court (Plaintiff refusing to consent not to use the Entries on the Trial of the Action) declined to expunge the Entries, but directed an Issue whether there was Copyright in the Music, and whether Plaintiff was the Proprietor of the Copyright, on the Trial of which they should not be used; and ordered that the Rule should be enlarged until the Trial of the Issue.

Willes (May 23) moved for a rule calling upon Robert Cocks to shew cause why three entries by him in the book of registry kept at Stationers' Hall, under sect. 11 of stat. 5 & 6 Vict. c. 45, should not be expunged or varied. It appeared from the affidavits that the entries in question, which were in the form No. 3 in the schedule to stat. 5 & 6 Vict. c. 45, were - first, an entry made on the 6th October, 1848, which stated that Robert Cocks was the proprietor of the copyright of a musical piece called "The Lancers' Quadrilles," first published by himself on the 6th October, 1848; secondly, an entry made on the 29th June, 1847, by which F. Yaniewicz, professing to be the author of a musical piece called "A Polish Rondo," accepted the benefit of the extension of copyright, under stat. 5 & 6 Vict. c. 45, and declared the copyright to be the property of J. Willis; and, thirdly, an entry made on the 26th February, 1853, by which E. Spagnoletti, professing to be the author of a musical piece called "La Dorset," accepted the extension of copyright, under stat. 5 & 6 Wict. c. 45, and declared Robert Cocks to be the owner of the copyright. An action had been commenced by Cocks, who had purchased Willis's right to the air mentioned in the second entry, against Davidson, for publishing the three airs, but the defendant had not pleaded. An affidavit of Davidson stated his belief that the three airs were old; that the first was not published by Cocks in 1848, and that neither Yaniewicz nor E. Spagnoletti were the authors of the airs; that one of those airs was in the Beggars' Opera; and a printed sheet of music, purporting to be a copy of the second air, which was published in 1817, at a time when E. Spagnoletti was not ten years old, was attached to his affidavit; and that the author of the air was his father - These entries will be prima facie evidence of title and of originality against Davidson on the trial of the action.

[Lord Campbell, C. J. - [58] The question of proprietorship is not a matter to be tried on affidavit. Erle, Does not this application ask us to prejudge the case?].

The grievance of the entries is, that they will shift the burthen of proof on the trial. Sect. 14 of stat. 5 & 6 Vict. c. 45, which empowers the Court, upon the application of any person who deems himself by any entry made under colour of the act in the registry, to make an order for expunging, varying, or confirming the same, intrusts the Court with the protection of the registry.

[Lord Campbell, C. J. - If you could make out that ese were false entries, it would be a case in which we should interpose. Coleridge, J. - Do you not charge an indictable offence against the parties? Does the Court ever try the truth of such a charge on affidavits? Crompton, J., referred to Chappell v. Purday, (12 M. & W. 303). Lord Campbell, C. J. - Would the Court grant an issue to try a question which would be tried if the action proceeded?].

The defendant has not pleaded to the declaration. The person who makes an application under sect. 14 does not make it merely for himself or for the present time. An attorney may be struck off the rolls upon affidavits, though he cannot be called upon to answer affidavits which charge him with an indictable offence.

[Lord Campbell, C. J. - This is not a false entry within the meaning of sect. 14; at the utmost it is fraudulent. If there is colour for making the entry, we cannot try it on affidavit.]

Until the charge is denied on affidavit, the title of Davidson is apparent.

[Lord Campbell, C. J. - If it turns out that there is a bona fide contention, the case is not within sect. 14.]

- Rule nisi.

Bovill and Webster now shewed cause. - The affidavit of Davidson is no more than hearsay.

[Lord Campbell, C. J. - If the air is old, no more than information and belief as to its antiquity can be deposed to.]

Bramwell and Willes, contra. - The affidavit of Davidson states reasonable ground for his belief.

[Lord Campbell, C. J. - If the entries are expunged, the title of Cocks is gone for ever.]

A new entry might be made according to the truth. The plaintiff has chosen to give himself a statutory title behind the backs of all the world, which the defendant seeks to have removed until it is ascertained by the result of the action.

[Lord Campbell, C. J., suggested that the plaintiff should undertake to waive using the entries as evidence at the trial, as was done in Chappell v. Purday, (12 M. & W. 303, 305), the defendant agreeing to waive the plaintiff's shewing such an entry.]

The rule may be enlarged, subject to those terms.

Bovill declined to give such an undertaking.

Lord CAMPBELL, C. J. - We are not prepared to order that these entries should be expunged; but we think that there is enough to justify us in directing an issue to inform the Court whether there was copyright in the airs, and whether Cocks was proprietor of the copyright, the rule to be enlarged until the trial of the issue; Cocks to be plaintiff in the issue, and on the trial he is not to use these entries as evidence.

ERLE and CROMPTON, J.J., concurred. - Rule accordingly.

[News], Manchester Times [England] (14 June 1856), 11

MRS. ANNA BISHOP was still the vocal star in the ascentdant at the Prince of Wales Theatre, Sydney, in the t beginning of March. She had met with success scarcely second to that of Catherine Heyes, who had the advantage of priority in her visit to Sydney. The fair Anna, it is alleged, seemed to bear the loss of her "musical director," Mr. Bochsa, with composure. Strange that the great harpist should have ended his days in that out-of-the-way part of the globe. Mrs. Bishop was well supported by a Mr. Spagnoletti, who claims to be the son the once celebrattd leader at Her Majesty's Theatre, Haymarket.

"FOREIGN AND COLONIAL", Leicester Journal [England] (9 January 1863), 9

Ernesto Spagnoletti, the celebrated and accomplished musician, died at Sydney, in Australia, on the 23th of September last, at his residence in the Glebe-road.

"COLNBROOK. PENNY READINGS", Windsor and Eton Express [England] (16 March 1867), 2

On Tuesday evening the eighth entertainment for the season was given in the Public Rooms, and not withstanding the severity of the weather and the season of Lent, there was a very numerous and highly respectable audience. The chair was taken Mr. Stephen Pullin, of Horton, who was supported by Messrs. Saunders and Hickman. The programme was unusually full and attractive, as follows: Pianoforte solo, "Sans Souci," Miss Marshall; song, "Father's love," Mr. H. Spagnoletti; ... song, "The wish," Miss Spagnoletti; song, "Margate sands," Mr. H. Spagnoletti; song, "When I am far away from home," Miss Spagnoletti ... ; song, "When I was a schoolboy," Mr. Spagnoletti ... Australian song, Miss Spagnolotti; finale, "God save the Queen," solo by Miss Spagnoletti. Those who were present must have been highly pleased with the entertainment; there was not one failure throughout the evening. The playing of Miss Marshall and the singing of Miss Spagnoletti and her brother could not fail to please ...

"RECENT CONCERTS", London Evening Standard [England] (5 July 1877), 2

Madame Lemmens-Sherrington, Madame Antoinette Sterling, Madame Nina Spagnoletti, Mdlle. Enequist, Mr. Edward Lloyd, Signor Foli, Mr. W. Ganz, and Herr Wilhelmj were amongst the artists who assisted Mr. Carlos Florentine at his evening concert in St. James's Hall, on Monday evening. Such an array of talent could but incite admiration; but inasmuch as the programme set forth included no feature of artistic importance we may be spared the particulars. When will the givers of benefit concerts understand that something more than a mere jumble of miscellaneous songs and instrumental pieces is requisite to constitute an artistic success.

"AN AGED LADY'S DEATH", Hampstead & Highgate Express (14 December 1901), 3

YESTERDAY (Friday) Mr. Walter Schröder, deputy coroner, held an inquest at the Dispensary Hall, New-end, on the body of Mrs. Charlotte Smgeoletti, aged ninety two, of 47 Minster-road, West Hampstead. Mrs. Spagooletti, wife of Mr. Charles Robert Spagnoletti, an electrical engineer, living at 47 Minster road, deposed that the deceased was her husband's grandmother, and was the widow of the late Mr. Carlo Ernesto Spagnoletti, a professor of music, and was ninety two years of age. She had enjoyed very good health. On Nov. 28th ... said she had lost her balance and had fallen and hurt her leg. A doctor was sent for, and be found that she had broken her left leg. She died on Dec. 10th . . . The jury returned a verdict of "Accidental death."

Documentation (Australia)

"WHALE-FISHING IN THE Arctic Seas", Colonial Advocate, and Tasmanian Monthly Review and Register (1 October 1828), 37 

. . . In the afternoon (writes the voyager), an unusual bustle commenced throughout the vessel, arising from the first preparation for the whale-fishery, called "spanning the harpoons" . . . This duty being completed, Jock, the cook, was called down, and a fiddle was placed in his hands, upon which he performed several airs, with all the conscious superiority of a Mori or a Spagnoletti. Nor was he less urbane in devoting his talents to the decantation of several cans of grog, with which he was liberally supplied; and after regaling our ears with sundry airs, among which "The Fisher's Boy" was most in favour, he was sent upon deck for the amusement of "all hands" . . .

Links: Nicholas Mori (1796-1839), stepfather of Lewis Henry Lavenu

"Select Poetry. PAGANINI (From the Metropolitan)", The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (26 January 1832), 4 

. . . Wieschel, Viotti, Spagnoletti, Mori,
Lafont, De Beriot, bold Spohr, and Oury,
Loder, and Cramer, and the noted Mayseder,
All great, are little against thee,
thou Lord of Crowderos, competition-free,
The ne plus ultra, and non più addrai . . .

"The Concert at the Court House . . .", The Tasmanian (2 August 1833), 6 

. . . Mr. Peck is a very able and accomplished violinist. To a perfect command of his instrument, he adds a precision and delicacy of "bowing," which surpass any thing we have ever heard in this Colony. He has all Spagnoletti's elegance, and much of Mori's fine, bold style . . .

Links: George Peck

"SIGNOR SPAGNOLETTI", The Sydney Monitor (14 March 1835), 4 

This talented leader of the Italian Opera is no more. On Sunday, the 14th ult, he was seized with paralysis, which rendered him speechless, though his mental faculties were preserved until Tuesday last, 23rd. [September 1834], when at half-past one A. M., death put a period to his sufferings. Signor Spagnoletti was born at Cremona, where he received his musical education; but this city not affording sufficient scope for his abilities, he left it when very young, and travelled ihrough Italy, playing at all the cities. He resided at Milan for some time, and met with considerable patronage; after which he went to Naples, and it was there his talents were fully appreciated, and he gained the reputation of being the first violinist of the day. Encouraged by his success, he resolved on visiting this country; here his superior abilities were soon acknowledged by all competent judges, which was fully proved by his having the appointment of first violin leader of the Italian Opera, which situation he filled for so many years with entire satisfaction to the subscribers of the Opera and the public generally. He afterwards became a member of the Philharmonic Society, and one of the leaders of their band. The very delicate expression, the perfect itonation and fullness and richness of tone, for which he was so particularly famed, were, as we are informed by a gentleman who heard him playing only two days before his last attack, unimpaired; and though suffering then from extreme debility, the violin seemed to inspire him with renewed energy, and while he was playing he appeared quite another being. As a private mnember of society, Signor Spagnoletti was no less deserving of eulogy than in his professional career. He was an affectionate husband and father, and a kind friend - one who was always ready to assist and relieve (as far as his means warranted) his unfortunate countrymen, or musicians of any nation.

[Home news], The Australian (27 March 1835), 4 

The musical world has sustained a severe loss in the death of Spagnoletti, the violinist, who dies of apoplexy, lately, at his lodgings in Berners Street.

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (20 August 1853), 6 

MUSIC. - SPAGNOLETTI, from England, of Her Majesty's Theatre, and Professor of the Royal Academy of Music, begs to acquaint the public that he gives lessons in Italian and English Singing and Piano. Families or Schools, in or out of town, attended on moderate terms Address by letter post-paid, to Mr. JAMES W. WAUGH, No. 14, Hunter-street; or to HENRY MARSH AND CO., 490½, George-street. 6494

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (6 July 1859), 1

"SYDNEY UNIVERSITY FESTIVAL. EXTRA CONCERT", The Sydney Morning Herald (1 August 1859), 5

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (16 September 1859), 1

[Advertisement], Empire (17 September 1859), 1

"SPAGNOLETTI'S CONCERT", The Australian Home Companion (24 September 1859), 24

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (27 October 1859), 1

"CONCERT", The Sydney Morning Herald (28 October 1859), 4

[News], Empire (24 November 1859), 4

"TO THE EDITOR", Empire (6 February 1861), 2

TO THE EDITOR OF THE EMPIRE. SIR, - In a lengthy notice which appeared in your Monday's issue, relative to musical matters, your reviewer in his friendly comments, appertaining to one of my recent compositions, asks, if "I ever had the benefit of sponsors." For the satisfaction of your critic, allow me to remark, that my godfather was no less a personage than the well-known Dragonetti, whether this circumstance (musically speaking) has been of benefit to me, modesty will scarcely allow one to give forth an opinion; but of such a sponsor, I certainly think I may be pardoned in feeling somewhat proud, and assuredly I shall ever regard his memory with feelings of respect and admiration.

I am your most obedient, ERNESTO DOMINICO SPAGNOLETTI, R.A. Balmain, February 5th.

Links: Domenico Dragonetti

"DEATHS", The Sydney Morning Herald (29 September 1862), 1

On Sunday, 28th instant, at his residence, Glebe-road, Ernesto Spagnoletti, aged 58 years.

"FUNERAL", The Sydney Morning Herald (29 September 1862), 8 

The Friends of the late Mr. E. SPAGNOLETTI are invited to attend his Funeral, to move from his late residence, Vernon Cottage, Glebe Road, on TUESDAY next, at 3 o'clock. THOMAS HILL, undertaker, 99, Parramatta-street.

"THE LATE ERNESTO SPAGNOLETTI", The Sydney Morning Herald (7 October 1862), 4

This professor of vocal and instrumental music, after a sudden and painful attack of gout in the chest, died on Sunday, the 28th ultimo, at his residence on the Glebe Road. At an early age he commenced his musical education under his father, who was then leader of the Italian Opera house, London. He afterwards became a member of the Royal Academy of Music, and studied under Sir Henry Bishop and other leading members of that institution. Signor Spagnoletti was a great favourite with the president of the Royal Academy, the Earl of Westmoreland, then Lord Burghersh, himself an accomplished musician, and composer of several successful works; and under that nobleman's patronage he made his first appearance at the Italian Opera in Mozart's Don Giovanni, and was very cordially received by the most aristocratic audience in England. After the close of the season he joined an opera company formed by Bochsa, which during the recess made a highly successful tour through all the chief towns of the United Kingdom. About ten years ago Signor Spagnoletti arrived with his family in Sydney, where he pursued his profession to advantage, being up to the time of his death organist at St. John's, Bishopthorpe. His grave in the Newtown cemetery is between that of Bochsa, his preceptor at the Royal Academy, and his fellow-pupil, Lavenu, and, by a melancholy coincidence, he visited the opera only a few evenings before his death to hear the music of Don Giovanni, in which, as above stated, he made his first appearance in London. His son Ernesto has taken his father's place at St. John's, and, as an accomplished musician, will continue the duties of teacher of singing and instrumental music. Signor Spagnoletti had also another so in England, of whose ability report speaks highly.

"MR. ERNEST SPAGNOLETTI", The Sydney Morning Herald (11 October 1862), 5

Mr. Ernest Spagnoletti, musical professor, died on the 28th ultimo. At an early age he commenced his musical education under his father, who was then leader of the Italian Opera House, London. He afterwards became a member of the Royal Academy of Music, and studied under Sir Henry Bishop and other leading members of that institution.

[Advertisement], Bell's Life in Sydney (11 October 1862), 3

JUST PUBLISHED. - St. LEONARD'S SCHOTTISCHE, composed by ERNESTO SPAGNOLETTI, and dedicated to his friend and pupil, H. Coleman, Esq. It is embellished with a tinted view of St. Loonards, from a drawing by Mr. Thomas, lithographed by Herr Degotardi, Price, Three Shillings. Published by J. R. Clarke, George-street, from whom all E. Spagnoletti's previous compositions may be obtained, viz:
THE SYDNEY SCHOTTISCHE, 3s. 6d.; Dedicated to Miss Brown.
WOOLLOOMOOLOO SCHOTTISCHE, 2s. 6d.; Dedicated to the Ladies of Woolloomooloo.
MADALENA SCHOTTISCHE, 2s. 6d.; Dedicated to Mr. F. Ellard.
THE BALMAIN POLKA, 2s 6d; Dedicated to the Ladies of Balmain.
THE NINA WALTZ, 2s. 6d. Dedicated to Lady Denison.
OUR VILLAGE HOME, 2s.; Dedicated to Mrs. O. S. Evans.
AWAKE MY LOVE, 2s. 6d.

"NEW PIANOFORTE MUSIC", Empire (11 October 1863), 4 

Mr. J. R. Clarke, of George-street, has jost published a brilliant and classical composition by Mr. Ernesto Spagnoletti, entitled St. Leonards' Scottische. Aprit from its merit as an acceptable addition to our ball-room music, it will take a high stand with musical students as a valuable pianoforte lesson. In ordinary schottisches, polkas, and other dances, of their school, the music, however brilliant, has generally very slight claim to scientific structure; but in the composition before us, the arrangement is of a novel and peculiar character. The ordinary and monotonous bass chords are discarded, and each passage performed by the right band is immediately played by the left. The effect is as striking as it is agreeable, and although somewhat difficult, we feel assured that this schottsiche will meet with the patronage of many fair pianistes and votaries of the "Muse of the many twinkling feet." The getting up of this publication is of a first-class character. The frontispiece is embellished with a highly-finished view of St. Leonards, North Shore, from the pencil of Mr. Thomas, lithographed in colours by Herr Degotardi. We understand that Mr. Spagnoletti intends to publish several M.S.S.. left by his late father, whose sudden death it was lately our duty to record. Report speaks highly of them as compositions worthy of the reputation of a Royal Academician.

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (3 November 1862), 1 

ORMONDE HOUSE, PADDINGTON. - The above School, being now in full working order, Mrs. W. BLAXLAND can offer parents a thorough and accomplished education for their daughters, on moderate and inclusive terms. English and Latin, grammar and composition, Mr. Sheridan Moore. Arithmetic, Mr. Morel. Drawing, Mr. Fairland. French, M. Morel (Parisian). German, the pianoforte, and the general routine of education, by competent governesses . . . Finishing pianoforte and singing lessons by Messrs. Paling, Marsh, and Spagnoletti, are the only extras charged, and a singing class, conduoted by Herr Sussmilch, instructor and choral leader of the Orpheonist Society - 1 guinea a quarter. The half-quarter commences November 15th.

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (24 December 1862), 1 

MR. HENRY MARSH'S EVENING CONCERT. Masonic Hall, 30th December, 1862. Mr. HENRY MARSH has the pleasure of stating that he will be assisted hy the following eminent artistes, viz, Madame Sara Flower, Madame Flora Harris, Mr. E. Boulanger. Mr. F. Ellard. Mr. E. Deane, Mr. E. Spagnoletti, Mr. W. Harwood, Mr. Sussmilch, Mr. M'Dougall, and by several talented amateurs-members of the Orpheonist Society. Other engagements are pending. Tickets, 6s. each, to be obtained at Mr. HENRY MARSH'S residence, 175, Premier-terrace, William-street, and of all the principal music and booksellers.

"ENTERTAINMENT AT ST. PHILIP'S SCHOOLROOM", Empire (11 November 1863), 4

"EDUCATIONAL", Clarence and Richmond Examiner and New England Advertiser (5 January 1863), 2 

On Friday afternoon the annual examination of the young ladies of Mrs. Tait's educational establishment, at 3, Lyon-terrace, took place. A large number of the fashionable elite of our city assembled on the occasion . . . The display of music redounded to the admirable teaching of Signor Cutolo and Miss Nott . . . The highly interesting proceedings terminated about nine o'clock, the young ladies, under the tuition of Signor Spagnoletti, singing the National Anthem. - Herald.

"CENTRAL POLICE COURT", The Sydney Morning Herald (13 July 1864), 2 

. . . E. Spagnoletti and Jane Chislett, charged with having assaulted William H. Carrick while he was in the execution of his duty as a bailiff, pleaded guilty, by Mr. Dillon, their attorney, and were each sentenced to pay a penalty of 10s., with 6s. 6d. costs of Court, and 21s. professional costs for Mr. Cory.

"INSOLVENCY COURT", Empire (29 July 1864), 5

Ernesto Spagnoletti, of H.M. gaol, at Darlinghurst, late of Glebe, musician. Liabilities, £40 3s. Assets, £3. Deficit, £35 3s. Official assignee, Mr. Meckenzie.

"IN INSOLVENCY", New South Wales Government Gazette (9 August 1864), 1788-79 

n the Supreme Court of New South Wales. IN INSOLVENCY. In the Insolvent Estate of Erneste [sic] Spagnoletti, of the Glebe Road, musician. SINGLE OR ONLY MEETING. WHEREAS the Estate of the abovenamed Insolvent was, on the 28 th day of July, 1864, placed under sequestration by order under my hand: hereby appoint a Single Meeting of the Creditors of the said Insolvent, to be holden before me, or before the Registrar in Insolvency, at the Court Room, King street, Sydney, on Monday, the 22nd day of August . . . Dated at Sydney, the 4th day of August, a.d. 1864 . . . Official Assignee - JOHN PIPER MACKENZIE.

[Advertisement], The Maitland Mercury (7 March 1865), 1

"COMPLIMENTARY CONCERT TO MISS SPAGNOLETTI", The Maitland Mercury (11 March 1865), 2

"DEPARTURES FOR LONDON", The Sydney Morning Herald (21 April 1865), 9

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (26 July 1867), 8

SPAGNOLETTI, a name known to the musical world for 100 years, second to none. TUNING, Repairing, and Instruction in MUSIC and SINGING ...

"SPAGNOLETTI V. SIMPSON", The Sydney Morning Herald (30 December 1868), 2

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (18 September 1869), 1

"DEATHS", The Sydney Morning Herald (4 June 1870), 1 

On the 31st May, R. H. SPAGNOLETTI, fourth son of the late E. Spagnoletti, in the 22nd year of his age.

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (4 February 1871), 8

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (31 May 1871), 1

ERNESTO SPAGNOLETTI, Professor of Singing and Piano, 160, Forbes street, Woolloomooloo.

Musical works

The lancer's quadrilles (1817)

New quadrilles ... the music by Yaniewicz and Spagnoletti, the figures by Mr. Duval, to which is added a new Waltz [The countess of Farnham's] by Spagnoletti (Dublin: J. Willis, [1817])

Later editions: 

The lancers' quadrilles (Duval of Dublin's second set) containing ... La dorset [Spagnoletti] as danced at Almack's, London, to which is added a new waltz by Sig[no]r Spagnoletti, and the Stop waltz (Sydney: F. Ellard, [1839]) 

For Documentation on the Ellard 1839 edition, see: 

But especially this review by William Augustine Duncan:

"New Music", Australasian Chronicle (16 August 1839), 1 

No. 1. THE LANCERS' QUADRILLES, to which are added, a New Waltz, by Spagnoletti, and the Stop Waltz. F. Ellard, George-street, Sydney . . . No. 1 is a complete "Book" in technical phrase. Its contents are well known, but we ought to say this much of Mr. Ellard's edition, that it is neatly printed in a bold legible note, and as far as we have had time to examine it, correct . . .

Ernesto Spagnoletti was only 12 or 13 years old when the two dances ascribed to "Spagnoletti" first appeared in print, a Dublin edition advertised on 22 April 1817 being perhaps the earliest; ordinarily, and most likely, the ascription was to taken to be to his father Paolo Spagnoletti; Ernesto's later claim to be the "author" of "La Dorset" (see Documentation UK 1853 above) may simply reflect the fact that he believed himself to have inherited the copyright. Nevertheless, the possibility that he had some original claim, to have been a young but precocious co-creator with his father, cannot be absolutely ruled out.

Modern downloadable editions with sound files (MIDI):

"La Dorset" 

"Countess of Farnham's Waltz" 


Paul Cooper, "The Lancers Quadrilles", Regency Dances 

L'allegria quadrilles (1822)

L'allegria, a first set of quadrilles for the pianoforte by Ernesto D. Spagnoletti (1822)

Copy at London, British Library

Le printemps quadrilles (1823)

Le printemps, second set of quadrilles for the piano forte by Ernesto D. Spagnoletti (1823)

Copy at London, British Library

Copy at State Library of New South Wales 

A reply to The deep deep sea song (1830)


[Advertisement], Morning Post [London] (16 December 1830), 1

WILLIS and CO. Music Sellers by Special Appointment, to their Majesties, 55, St. James's-street, London; and 7, Westmorland-street, Dublin, have just published the following NEW SONGS: . . . In the press . . . "A Reply to the Deep deep Sea." The words by C. R. Huxley, the music by E. Spagnoletti.

Io credea contento canzonet (1832)

Io credea contento, a canzonet, by Ernesto D. Spagnoletti (1832)

Copy at London, British Library

Yes! I'll go with you my Love song (1832)

Yes! I'll go with you my Love, a reply to The deep, deep sea [by C. E. Horn], written by Mrs. C. R. Huxley (1832)

Copy at London, British Library

The sisters valses (1848)

Spagnoletti's valses "The sisters," for the piano forte (1848)

Copy at London, British Library

New year's polka (1849)

Spagnoletti's new year's polka, by Ernesto D. Spagnoletti (1849)

Copy at London, British Library


Gentle words are lightly spoken song (1871)


[Advertisment], The Sydney Morning Herald (24 February 1871), 12 

ERNEST Spagnoletti's new Song, "Gentle Words are lightly spoken," as sung by Mrs. Cordner. 3s.

Bibliography and resources:

Philip H. Highfill et al., A biographical dictionary of actors, actresses, musicians, dancers, managers, and other stage personnel in London, 1660-1800, volume 14, S. Siddons to Thynne (Carbondale and Edwardsville: Southern Illinois University Press, 1991), 202-04 (PREVIEW)

E. Heron-Allen, "Spagnoletti [della Diana], Paolo (Ludovico)", Grove music online 

"Charles Spagnoletti", Wikipedia 

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