Item #39075 Autograph letter signed. Giacomo PUCCINI.
Autograph letter signed
Autograph letter signed

Autograph letter signed

2 pp. Octavo. In black ink on light blue paper, signed "G Puccini." To an unidentified correspondent. No place, no date, but before 1887. In Italian (with translation). Apparently incomplete, as the letter begins with a postscript and there is no salutation.

Double matted in light blue/dark blue in double window. Image size 140 x 97 mm., autograph size 176 x 132 mm., overall size 337 x 407 mm. Gilt-framed and glazed, with first page of letter in window to verso.

Puccini expresses his dismay with "Filippi," asking his correspondent to find someone else to do the job if Filippi does not change his behavior.

"P.S. Filippi is trying to keep the job for himself or one of his children ... This state of affairs ... borders on outright dishonesty, and is very damaging to me. I do not understand this behavior and I do not want to intervene ... Intervene on my behalf, and if he doesn't change his tune, take the job away from him immediately and give it to someone else of your choice ... P.S.S. If there is no other way to push him, try to set up a piece-work basis."

Slightly worn and browned; several small ink blots; creased at horizontal fold; narrow 48 x 4 mm. strip of cellophane tape to lower margin of page two, just touching one letter, and blank upper and outer margins of page one.

Filippi,(1830-1887), an important Italian music critic, was considered "one of the foremost champions in Italy of German Romantic symphonic and lyric music." Michele Girardi in Grove Music Online. "[He] produced the first authoritative appraisal of a work by Puccini when in 1883 he reviewed the première of the Capriccio sinfonico; his criticism of Puccini's ‘symphonicism’ in a review of Le villi in 1884 prompted Verdi to write the famous comment in a letter to Arrivabene, ‘I do not believe it's a good thing to insert a piece of a symphony into an opera, simply for the pleasure of making the orchestra perform’. Filippi was among the first to study the Contarini archives in Venice. He published a number of songs. As a music critic Filippi's importance lay in his being among the first (together with Francesco D'Arcais) to bring intellectual authority to a profession which in Italy had until then amounted to mere reportage." Leonardo Pinzauti, revised by Julian Budden in Grove Music Online

An interesting letter associating Puccini with a highly respected observer of the late 19th century Italian music scene.

Item #39075

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