PIETRO MASCAGNI - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 11/13/1895 - HFSID 262787
Sale Price $680.00
Pietro Mascagni sends an autograph letter of thanks for the stay in Budapest.
Autograph Letter Signed: "Pietro Mascagni" in Italian, 1p, 5x8¾. Budapest, 1895 November 13. Mounted to a sheet of similar size, verso of its integral leaf bears a printed photo of Mascagni. To an unnamed recipient. Partially translated: "I shall never forget my stay in Budapest...the welcome I received from the most agreeable Hungarians. I hope to return next year for the great exhibition of the millennium...it will show, in all its splendor, the power of Hungary." Italian composer and conductor Pietro Mascagni (1863-1945) was thrust into fame by fate. His one act opera, Cavalleria rusticana, had been submitted to a local contest by his wife, without his knowledge. The opera, the fourth act of his ambitious Ratcliff, received thunderous applause, and the opera, which was staged in Rome in 1890, thrust him into the spotlight. Unfortunately, although Mascagni wrote a number of other operas, none achieved the success of Cavalleria rusticana, but the composer also enjoyed a following as a conductor of operas. Creased. Folds. Lightly soiled. Pencil notes, unknown hand at upper left corner. Tack holes at all corners.
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