Giacomo Puccini

Italian composer, 1858-1924

Both during his lifetime and in posterity, Puccini’s success outstripped other Italian opera composers of his time, and he has been matched in this regard by only a handful of composers in the entire history of opera. Eleven of Puccini's 12 operas numbered among the 200 most-performed operas (worldwide, by composers of any nationality, as surveyed by Operabase). Three of his works (La bohème, Tosca, and Madama Butterfly) rank among the top ten works performed, and Puccini ranks third (behind Verdi and Mozart) in the number of performances of his operas over all.

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Puccini, Giacomo

italienischer Komponist (1858-1924). Eigenh. Brief mit Unterschrift. o. O. 8vo. 4 pp. Doppelblatt.
$ 3,947 / 3.500 € (78466)

An seine Geliebte Sybil Seligman: „[…] Cara Sibille bella, domani vado a Torre per la mia ciccia porre al sole, all'acqua, al ciel. Attendo la mia Girl con ansia genovese ed or sono alle prese con la rivoluzion. V'ho fatto oggi spedire un occhieletto aprico, a Ciccio un capisco, ed al cantor baston. Questi miei sovveniri son l'espression modesta del core mio in gran festa quando vicin vi fu. Qui son 40 gradi ! Si crepa e si discioglie. Si non avessi moglie mi sposerei = Perrier = Tanti saluti caldi come questo paese.

Quando verrà quel mese nel quale si va in paltò ? Sono tanto cretino che sarei capace di seguitare – ma un resto di ragione me dice: basta. Tanti saluti a Violet e David. Saluti affetuosi[…]“.

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Puccini, Giacomo

italienischer Komponist (1858-1924). Eigenh. musikalisches Albumblatt mit Unterschrift. Torre del Lago. Quer-8vo. 1 p.
$ 5,074 / 4.500 € (78467)

Drei Takte aus seiner Oper „La Rondine“, die im selben Jahr entstand. Mit eigenh. Widmung „à Mlle Joly“. Die Uraufführung fand am 27. März 1917 im Opernhaus von Monte Carlo im Beisein von Giacomo Puccini statt.

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Puccini, Giacomo

Italian composer (1858-1924). Cabinet portrait photograph signed. Genoa. Sepia toned cabinet photograph (97:138 mm) by Oggioni & Borgia of Genoa with a bold signature in fountain pen at the foot.
$ 3,947 / 3.500 € (72887/BN46984)

A few light age marks, otherwise a good example of this popular musician.

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Puccini, Giacomo

Kompinist (1856-1924). Autograph musical quotation signed. O. O. 165:25 mm.
$ 5,074 / 4.500 € (73952/BN47888)

2 bars from Madame Butterfly "à Mme le Baronne Duval". - Slightly spotty.

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Puccini, Giacomo

Komponist (1856-1924). Autograph musical quotation signed. O. O. 165:125 mm.
$ 5,074 / 4.500 € (73953/BN47889)

From "Madame Butterfly".

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Puccini, Giacomo

E. Brief mit U.
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Giacomo Puccini (1858–1924), Komponist. E. Brief mit U. („G. Puccini“). [Paris]. 29. Oktober 1906. 2 SS. auf Doppelblatt. 8°. – Wohl an den Komponisten und Dirigenten Teofilo De Angelis (1866–1954) aus Paris, wo er gerade Vorbereitungen zu einer Aufführung der „Madame Butterfly“ treffe: „Son qui per mettere in scena Butt[erfly] un’ opera communque che andr’ non prima della fine nov[embre] [...]“. – Auf Briefpapier mit gedr. Briefkopf des Grand Hotel de Londres in Paris.


Puccini, Giacomo

21 autograph letters (17), lettercards (1) and postcards (3), mostly signed.
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Very comprehensive collection of private letters written to his last love, Rose Ader (1890-1955). "Between 1921 and 1923, Puccini enjoyed what was likely his last romantic fling when he fell passionately in love with a young German soprano, Rose Ader, for whom he created the part of Liù in his final work, ‚Turandot'" (The New Grove Dictionary). "My good and sweet Rosa", Puccini wrote on April 17, 1921, on one of his earliest letters to Rose, "I am deeply moved as I write you. I would wish to be able to tell you what I have in my heart - if only you could understand! Besides the distance which separates us there is the matter of the language which prevents us from saying all that we have in our hearts - what good fortune that I should have met you and what misfortune not to be able to speak together! I would have such riches in expression with which to express my great love! A love which will be with me all my life - you cannot imagine what an impression you made on me! Your languid eyes which when they looked at me strike my heart as though to seek an echo of an immense affection. I shall never be able to forge you - my Rosa what will happen to me. How can I bear being so far away. Yet it is necessary to suffer and to wait. Life is all one waiting and one suffering! Study, study, I beg you on my knees. Study with ardor and feverishly a little of my language. I believe that guided by the love that you have for me you will soon succeed in understanding me. That day will be one of the most beautiful ones of our life. Write to me even in German. I shall have your letter translated. If with the help of Mrs. S... you wish to write in French I shall not let the eyes of a stranger see your letter. I shall write you every week and even more often than that. How clearly I write! Never have I written in this manner - for you, my joy, I do everything [...]" (transl. from the Italian original). - Accompanied by 3 telegrams.


Puccini, Giacomo

Eigenh. Brief mit U. ("Giacomo Puccini").
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To Signor Mikolt (?), apologizing for not being able to keep their appointment: "Avevo un impegno precedente per le 7 e como dolente non potermi trovare al rende[!]-vous. Mi vor[eb]be scusare tanto [...]".