Guido Marcello, a young composer, is madly infatuated with Maria Medici, a pretty singer. Maria sings his first composition and, overcome with her beauty and his emotions, Guido begs her to become his wife. Maria, however, prefers her musical career to marriage and rejects Guido's proposal. Heartbroken he returns home. Later the death of his mother leaves him entirely alone in the world. Tears later Guido is housed in a wretched garret, poverty-stricken and still searching for musical fame. Meanwhile. Maria has become a noted prima donna. One day Guido, in passing the theater, sees the posters announcing Maria's grand concert. Sick at heart he turns away only to come face to face with Maria. Wishing to avoid recognition, Guido goes on to his lodgings. Maria has recognized him, sends her maid to secure his address, then visits him in the garret. Guido confesses his poverty and shows her his rejected music. One piece attracts Maria's attention, she sings it over and instantly agrees to ...
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