Autograph letter signed "Po Mascagni" to the famed Italian composer Ottorino Respighi
by MASCAGNI, Pietro 1863-1945
La fiamma (1931-3), Respighi's "last and most frequently performed large-scale opera," was first performed at the Opera in Rome on January 23, 1934. John C.G. Waterhouse, et al. in Grove Music Online.Mascagni, distinguished as both a composer and conductor, is perhaps best-known for his opera Cavalleria rusticana, which "was enormously successful from its first performance at the Costanzi in Rome in 1890. From then on Mascagni spent the rest of his long career treating a wide variety of subjects. His next opera, L'amico Fritz (1891), consolidated his success with Roman audiences, and revealed his lyrical vein. This fluent rustic comedy was successful particularly because melodic vitality - the outstanding merit of Cavalleria - was combined with a more elegant harmonic idiom." Michele Girardi in Grove Music Online.. 1 page (ca. 106 x 136 mm.). Dated Rome, December 25, 1934. On a notecard with the emblem and name of the Reale Accademia d'Italia embossed in blue to upper left corner. In Italian (with translation). With original autograph envelope, ca. 112 x 143 mm., addressed "a Sua Eccelenza Maestro Ottorino Respighi Teatro Reale dell' Opera - Roma" with the name and emblem of the Accademia embossed to verso. "I am sorry for not having attended the performance of Fiamma. I offer my sincere congratulations on the success that has crowned [your] noble endeavor... "Edges very lightly browned; minor remnants of adhesive to corners of blank verso; envelope slighlty worn.Together with a vintage bust-length photograph of a youngish Mascagni in profile. Ca. 206 x 127 mm. Slightly worn; minor remnants of adhesive to blank verso. (Inventory #: 26819)
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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