PUCCINI, Giacomo (1858-1924). Italian composer.
Autograph Letter Signed to Carlo [Clausetti], 2 facing pages 8vo, Bagni di Montecatini, 9 August 1919. With a translation.
He feels that there is no point in getting back the operas from Gheusi. 'I have said that it is certainly not flattante for me to lower myself so as to go along with that pig of a Frenchman.' He comments on the treatment of his operas at the Paris Opéra-Comique, and of their meanness with money. He does not understand the behaviour of Carré. For the conductor, he would prefer Bavagnoli.
Bavagnoli would conduct the first London Trittico in June 1920. P.B. Gheusi was director of the Opéra-Comique 1914-18 and Albert Carré 1919-25. Clausetti was at this time the Naples agent for Ricordi, Puccini's publishers; he became a close friend and supporter of Puccini.
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