Giacomo Puccini Autograph

SKU: 8009104

Sale price$1,736.04


Autograph letter signed, one page - addressed on the back, 6 x 9,75 inch, printed letterhead with his address, Torre Del Lago (Toscana), 1.12.1909, in Italian, to the soprano Zorah Dorly - concerning, among other things, Zorah Dorly's performance of the title role of `Madame Butterfly` at the `Théâtre de La Monnaie` in Brussels in October 1909, a portrait of Giacomo Puccini and another of the singer in `Madame Butterfly`, written and signed in black ink "G. Puccini", attractively mounted (removable) for fine display with a photograph, shows Puccini seated at a piano (altogether 9,5 x 16,5 inch), with three horizontal mailing folds, mild foxing, mild signs of wear to the edges, and mounting remnants verso - in nearly fine condition. 

"Ho avuto notizie di voi e di Butt[erfly] da molte parti. Seppi della visita di Higgins e delle proposte per Londra. Voi avete taciuto sempre con me! Avete avuto un mio ritratto? A quando il vostro in Butterfly? Non posso comprendere perché (dopo tanta nostra amicizia) voi non vi fate più vede.
   Saluti affettuosi dal vostro - G. Puccini"

"I've heard from you and Butt[erfly] from many places. I learned of Higgins' visit and proposals for London. You have always been silent with me! Have you had a portrait of me? When is yours in Butterfly? I can't understand why (after so much friendship) you don't see each other anymore.
   Affectionate greetings from your - G. Puccini"


Further Information on the person

(1858-1924) Italian composer whose operas are among the important operas played as standards.

Year of Birth: 1858

Biography (AI generated)

Giacomo Antonio Domenico Michele Secondo Maria Puccini was an Italian composer of operas. He was born in Lucca, Italy on December 22, 1858 to an aristocratic family. He was the only child of Michele Puccini and his wife Albina Magi. Puccini studied music at the Milan Conservatory and was influenced by composers such as Verdi, Wagner, and Rossini. He was an admirer of classical music and was particularly fond of opera.

Puccini's first opera, Le Villi, was premiered in 1884. His next opera, Edgar, was highly praised by critics. In 1890 he composed Manon Lescaut, which had a huge success and established his reputation as a major composer. After this, Puccini composed a series of operas such as La Bohème, Tosca, Madama Butterfly, La Rondine, and Turandot. His operas were widely performed and he became one of the most popular opera composers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Puccini's music was characterized by its lyricism and strong melodic lines. He was a master of orchestration and his music was highly expressive. He was also known for his ability to create complex and dramatic scenes in his operas. Puccini's music was influenced by a number of different styles, including Italian opera, French impressionism, and Wagnerian leitmotifs. His operas are still popular today and are frequently performed in opera houses around the world.

Puccini's personal life was marked by tragedy and controversy. In 1898, his beloved wife, Elvira, died of tuberculosis. In 1904, Puccini was involved in a scandal when he was accused of having an affair with the wife of a friend. He was eventually cleared of the charges but the scandal tarnished his reputation. In 1923, Puccini fell ill with throat cancer and underwent a series of operations, but his health continued to deteriorate. He died on November 29, 1924, at the age of 65.

Puccini is remembered as one of the greatest opera composers of all time. He wrote some of the most beloved operas of all time, including Tosca, La Bohème, and Turandot. His music has been performed all over the world and his influence is still felt in contemporary opera. Puccini's music continues to inspire generations of musicians and his legacy will live on for many years to come.

Giacomo Antonio Domenico Michele Secondo Maria Puccini was a prolific Italian opera composer whose works remain popular to this day. His operas are characterized by their lyrical beauty and melodic lines, as well as his mastery of orchestration and dramatic scenes. Puccini's influence is still felt in contemporary opera and his legacy will live on for many years to come.

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