Sivori in New York was openly jealous of Bottesini's wildfire success there in the late 1840s. He wrote a letter (printed in the Herald) saying, "The sooner that man with the oversized instrument and undersized bow is forgotten, the better for the musical life of this City."|
Bottesini was apparently never aware of Sivori's comments -- the two of them toured together in Europe several times, and Bottesini had nothing but praise for the violinist.
It is ironic that History has reversed Sivori's imprecation.
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