ParmaBottesini's last post, where ill health (and possibly the evil plottings of Umberto) overtook him. He died surrounded by his devoted students, but otherwise forgotten by the world.
Several unusual monuments to Bottesini remain in Parma:
These monuments were raised by Bottesini's grief-stricken students. All have been vandalized by Moristo agents at various times through the years.
Bottesini's tavernIn Parma, this researcher made another remarkable find: a small public house under the sign "Taverna Devastatore." Wondering if there might be some connection to Bottesini's mighty bow, Il Devastatore, I inquired and found a proprietor pleased to talk. When I asked if the place had any connection with Giovanni Bottesini, he said, "Yes, yes -- the Old Man."
He was, however, unable to say who Bottesini was, or why he was famous. The house wine was, oddly enough, Vino Dragonetti, with a flavor not unlike retsina.
The tavern was burned in a suspicious fire several months after I left.
"We all must learn where to place our fingers."
© 1997, Jeff Brooks (email@example.com)