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PUCCINI, Giacomo (1858-1924). Italian opera-composer.
Autograph Letter (unsigned) to Carlo Clausetti in Naples, 1 page large 8vo on a letter-form (tears repaired on the verso, barely visible on recto), Milan, 11 January 1911. Mentioning Manon Lescaut. The address is on the reverse.
Asking Clausetti to 'Get ready for Brussels and Manon'. If he is passing Torre on the way, he should bring his 'good piano-vocal score. Then we could have a quick look at it together'. He asks after Vittorio Gui [one of the younger generation of conductors whom Puccini especially admired].
Clausetti was director of the Naples branch of Ricordi, with the responsibility not only for distributing Ricordi publications in southern Italy but for the promotion of the works of all composers published by the firm. In this position he encountered Puccini in 1894 and at once formed a special relationship with him - perhaps the closest and most important musical association of Puccini's life. After Giulio Ricordi's death in 1912, Clausetti moved to Milan; and, on Tito Ricordi's withdrawing from the firm in 1919, he assumed its joint directorship with Renzo Valcarenghi.
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