Felice Romani au sujet de Bellini

Of the many tributes which poured forth following Bellini’s death, one stands out. It was written by Felice Romani and published in Turin on 1 October 1835. In it, he states:

…Perhaps no composers other than ours, know as well as Bellini the necessity for a close union of music with poetry, dramatic truth, the language of emotions, the proof of expression.
and he concludes: « I sweated for fifteen years to find a Bellini! A single day took him from me! »