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Puccini, Giacomo
AUTOGRAPH MUSICAL QUOTATION FROM "LA BOHÈME" SIGNED, TOGETHER WITH A LETTER ABOUT "TURANDOT", BOTH SIGNED ("GIACOMOPUCCINI")
Estimate
1,5002,000
LOT SOLD. 1,625 GBP
JUMP TO LOT
308
Puccini, Giacomo
AUTOGRAPH MUSICAL QUOTATION FROM "LA BOHÈME" SIGNED, TOGETHER WITH A LETTER ABOUT "TURANDOT", BOTH SIGNED ("GIACOMOPUCCINI")
Estimate
1,5002,000
LOT SOLD. 1,625 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

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Puccini, Giacomo
AUTOGRAPH MUSICAL QUOTATION FROM "LA BOHÈME" SIGNED, TOGETHER WITH A LETTER ABOUT "TURANDOT", BOTH SIGNED ("GIACOMOPUCCINI")
The autograph musical quotation comprising the opening two bars of Mimì's aria "Mi chiamano Mimì", written in brown ink on a hand-drawn stave without words ("La Bohème...GiacomoPuccini. Milano dic: 911"), on card, c.4.5 x 10.5cm,  Milan, December 1911; together with: Autograph letter to "Lampeda" in which Puccini explains that he is about to leave by car for Vienna ("in auto per Wien"), together with his son Tonio and [Angelo] Magrini, having just laid out the third act [of Turandot] with his librettist Giuseppe Adami, who is with him in Viareggio, reporting that this is nearly finished because Adami is an excellent collaborator ("...eccomi qui con Adami...e ora il libretto è quasi a Termine e vien bene--questo è l'importante--Adamo è stato abilissimo e ottimo collaboratore..."), 1 page, on a letter-card (oblong c.17 x 24.5cm), printed stationery, address-leaf obscured, Viareggio, 4 May 1923

mounted together with a photographic portrait of Puccini, 3 items in all, overall size: 35.5 x 51cm, unframed


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Catalogue Note

Puccini had appealed to his librettist Giuseppe Adami on 19 April 1923 to help "settle everything in a very short time", including the final duet.  Puccini composed most of the final act but, succumbing to throat cancer, never completed the duet. After Adami's visit, he left for Vienna to stage his final and definitive version of Manon Lescaut.  The letter is addressed to "Lampeda"; Sotheby's is indebted to Dieter Schickling for explaining that Puccini generally used this nickname for his friend Riccardo Redaelli in Milan.

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