LEONCAVALLO, Ruggero (1857-1919). Italian operatic composer.
Long Autograph Letter signed, to his librettist [Edmondo] Corradi. 2pp. 4to. Viareggio, 3 January 1919. With a full translation. Relating to arrangements for their proposed operetta A chi la giarrettiera?, which are worrying him deeply.
He writes about various aspects of the new work - including the wording of the contracts, the vocal score (awaited from Florence) which he has not yet seen, the possibility that Corradi may withdraw the libretto and sell it to another composer, and the chance of performing the work at Parma. The important thing, he feels, is to sign the contract 'at once and perform the music, so that the scenery [can] be painted and the costumes made without losing any time ... The sponsors have the money, so they will take over the operetta if we do not do it soon and we shall have to pay the costs.'
The operetta was in fact performed at the Teatro Adriano, Rome, on 16 October 1919.
The letter, which is full of single, double and triple underlinings, is written in Leoncavallo's characteristically belligerent style and well demonstrates his general mistrust of those concerned in his business and artistic life.
The image is of the first page only.