Puccini Among Friends

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PUCCINI AMONG FRIENDS by VINCENT SELIGMAN. Originally published in 1938. Contents include: INTRODUCTION ..... 1 PART I THE ROAD TO SUCCESS 1858-1904 CHAPTER ONE LH VlLU AND EDGAR 1858-1889 ... 9 CHAPTER TWO MANON LESCAUT 1890-1893 . . - .2,1 CHAPTER THREE LA BonfeMB 1894-1896 . . 3 CHAPTER FOUR LA TOSCA 1897-1900 . . .41 CHAPTER FIVE 4 MADAMA BUTTERFLY 1901-1904 . . .5 PART II OUT OF WORK 1904-1907 CHAPTER ONE RESEARCHES AND REHEARSALS October 1904-April 1906 . 63 CHAPTER TWO D ANNUNZIO, CONCHITA AND OTHERS June igoS-January 1907 79 ix x CONTENTS CHAPTER THREE GODS AND GODDESSES OF SONG An Interlude . . 104 CHAPTER FOUR NEW YORK AND AFTER January 1907 May 1907 . .116 PART III LA FANCIULLA DEL WEST 1907-1910 CHAPTER ONi THE MAKINGS OF A LIBRETTO June --September 1907, MI CHAPTER TWO A LIBRETTO IN THE MAKING October ic 07- eptember U o8 142, CHAPTER THRKli TRAGIC INTERRUPTION October J9o8 juty 1909 . 161 CHAPTER FOUR WORK RESUMED August og-Octobet 1910 . . 184 CHAPTER FIVE THE FIRST NIGHT December xoch, 1910 ., 195 PART IV OUT OF WORK AGAIN 1911-1914 CHAPTER ONE THE SEARCH RENEWED 0anuary xgn-Fefaruaty 1912 205 CHAPTER TWO DEATH OF Giutio RICORDI Jane igu-Fcktaty 1914 zi7 CHAPTER THREE 1 Two LITTLE WOOD BTC., ETC, March i9i4 July 1914 CONTENTS xi PART V WAR-TIME 1914-1918 CHAPTER ONE PAGE LA RONDINE September I9i4-April 1917 - 2 49 CHAPTER TWO IL TRITTICO June I9i7-January 1919, .271 PART VI LAST YEARS 1919-1924 CHAPTER ONE AFTERMATH OF THE WAR March i9i9 July 1920 . . 289 CHAPTER TWO THE BIRTH OF TURANDOT July i92o-August 1921 . 311 CHAPTER THREE TURANDOT LANGUISHES AND RECOVERS September 1921-May 1923 . . - 33 2 CHAPTER FOUR THE LAST ACT 0une i923 November 29th, 1924 . . 349BIBLIOGRAPHY . INDEX 3 6 5. LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS. Puccini at his piano in Milan 1906 . . Frontispiece FACING PAGE That queer capricious fellow, Savoia Tito Ricordi . .25 To the youthful defiler of his blotting-pad . . 3 The beginning of a twenty-year friendship 1904 . 63 Tell Ciccio that 1 love him -Sir Paolo Tosti . . .66 A collaborator manque Gabriele DAnnunzio . . .84 After the premiere of Butterfly in Paris 1906 . . . 101 Your Tenor -Caruso sees himself .... 109 To dearest Sybil, unique and rare creature 1907 . .135 A Friend in Need Lady Tosti . . . . .173 After the Fanciulla del West 1912 . . . .215 A thundering victory Facsimile of Puccinis letter dated November 5th, 1918 . 282 1 believe now that he is my friend Mr. HL V Higgins . 297 After the Trittico at Covent Garden 1920 . . 3 2 His favourite sport - and an allusion to the Covent Garden Programme see p. 9 1922 . . 343 Puccinis last resting-place at Torre del Lago, . .362 Xlll

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