Autograph letter to author [Edoardo] de Fonseca, signed twice
by PUCCINI, Giacomo 1858-1924
Edoardo de Fonseca was a successful art critic, writer, and dramatist who published two of Puccini's songs. De Fonseca commissioned the first song, Terre e mare, for the 1902 edition of his annual publication, Novissima. On November 29, 1908, Fonseca invited Puccini to complete a questionnaire about his home at Torre del Lago and to compose music to an old Italian adage "Casa mia, per piccina che tu sia, tu mi sembri una Badia" - the equivalent of "There's no place like home." Puccini sent his replies and a short song, Casa mia, Casa mia, to Fonseca on November 29, 1908, although he was apparently not too fond of the music: "Dear Edoardo, I advise you to throw this [song] in the wastepaperbasket." From Puccini's response, de Fonseca fashioned an article, which he published, along with a facsimile of the song, in his periodical, La Casa, the following month. Budden: Puccini His Life and Works, pp. 296-297; Schickling: Giacomo Puccini Catalogue of the Works, pp. 72-73, and 315-316. The "proofs" mentioned in the present letter in all likelihood refer to either Casa mia, casa mia or to Terre e mare.. 2 pp. [Torre del Lago, ?1902 or 1908]. In blue and black ink on cardstock, 71 x 110 mm. In Italian (with translation). Puccini has received some proofs from de Fonseca. He sends regards on behalf of his friends Angelino, Tomasi, and Ludovico. "[The proofs] are fine and I thank you very much for them... If I had to find a fault, I'd say it's the predominant color: optimism." Slightly browned; remnants of adhesive and light staining and wear to edges. (Inventory #: 23240)
Musical Autographs and Manuscripts; Rare Books on Music and Dance; First and Early Editions of Printed Music; Prints, Drawings and Ephemera relating to Music and Dance including Opera and Ballet.
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