GIACOMO PUCCINI - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 06/14/1898 - HFSID 55783
Sale Price $1,360.00
1898 letter to Puccini's "dear and illustrious teacher," thanking him for his kind statements
Autograph letter signed "Giacomo Puccini", 2 pages, 5x5½. 1898June 6. In Italian. Translated as follows: "Dear and illustrious teacher The delicate and flattering statements which you have been so kind as to address to me in this memorable moment of my artistic, have moved me deeply. My heart will preserve forever this precious memory - Please be assured, dear Teacher, of my highest consideration. Your Devoted". "Dear and illustrious teacher" was possibly Antonio Bazzini, violinist, or Amilcare Ponchielli, opera composer and creator of La Gioconda, whom Puccini studied under at the Milan Conservatory. Puccini (1858-1924), the greatest Italian opera composer of his time, wrote a number of operas, including his three most famous works, La Bohéme, Tosca and Madama Butterfly, while living at Torre Del Lago, the home he had purchased in 1891.In January 1919, six months before he wrote this letter, another of his operas, Trittico, had debuted in Rome, after first being staged in New York in December 1918. Puccini and his family lived at Torre Del Lago until 1921, and the home became a museum after the death of Puccini's wife in 1930. Lightly toned and creased. Letter is folded in half horizontally. Otherwise, fine condition.
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