Autograph Note by Giacomo Puccini


The document presented here is a short note written by Giacomo Puccini (1858–1924) to an unidentified correspondent. The note includes jokes in rhyme, and begins with the phrase “Neptune had a long blond beard.” It concludes with “Buona pasqua!” (Best wishes for Easter) and Puccini’s distinctive signature. The document is from the Fondo Bonturi-Razzi in the State Library of Lucca, which consists of more than 500 letters, postcards, photographs and other items relating to the life and work of Puccini. The collection was acquired by the State Library of Lucca in 2006 from the heirs of Giuseppe Razzi and his wife Adelaide (Ida) Bonturi, the sister of Puccini’s wife Elvira Bonturi Puccini (1860–1930). Puccini was born in Lucca into a family of musicians that for two centuries had provided the musical directors of the Cathedral of San Martino in Lucca. He served for a time as organist for the cathedral before studying composition in Milan. In 1891 he moved to the small town Torre del Lago near the Tyrrhenian Sea. There he wrote his most famous operas, including La Bohème (1896), Tosca (1900), and Madama Butterfly (1904). Later bursts of creativity resulted in the three operas of Il Trittico (Il Tabarro, Suor Angelica, and Gianni Schicchi), which premiered in 1918, and Turandot, which premiered in 1926, after the composer’s death.

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Documenti Autografi di Giacomo Puccini del Fondo Bonturi-Razzi


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1 folio ; 177 x 112 millimeters

Last updated: December 20, 2017