PIETRO MASCAGNI - AUTOGRAPHED INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH 1911 - HFSID 67176
Sale Price $850.00
Sepia publicity photograph of Pietro Mascagni sitting at a piano composing.
Photograph inscribed and signed: "[not translated]/P. Mascagni/Rome/[not translated]/1911" in Italian. Sepia, 6¼x9¾. 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. In 1922, Benito Mussolini was summoned by King Victor Emmanuel III to become Prime Minister of Italy. The "XI" penned by Mascagni next to "1933" indicates the 11th year of Mussolini's ministry. Creased and worn.
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