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PUCCINI, Giacomo (1858-1924). Italian opera-composer.
Autograph Letter Signed (initials) to Carlo Clausetti in Naples, 1 page large 8vo on a letter-form with address on the reverse, Torre del Lago, 1 July 1911. Mentioning La Fanciulla del West and reporting an exchange of telegrams with Colombo [of Ricordi] regarding Leopoldo Mugnone, who was conducting the opera at the San Carlo [Naples].
Puccini concludes: 'remember that if Fanciulla is done at the San Carlo it needs a woman, not someone at half cock'.
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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