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Extraordinary 11.5” x 16.5” quotation on heavy parchment by the Italian composer for the 1932 book, Pax Mundi, Livre d'or de la paix, or World Peace, Peace Guest Book.  The quotations were sought from world-famous people and were published in autographed format. Giordano writes:

Until Civilization teaches that banking is not transacted with human blood, there will be no peace in the world.

Umberto Giordano

Giordano (1867-1948) was one of the most successful opera composers of the late 19th Century and first half of the 20th Century.  His operas, “Andre Chenier” and “Fedora” remain active parts of the world-wide opera repertory today.  His opera “Siberia” featured Enrico Caruso at its’ World Premiere at La Scala in 1903 and he was commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera to write his opera, “Madame Sand Gene” which premiered there in 1915.  His opera “La Cene delle Beffe” is considered one of the bloodiest operas ever written with all of the lead characters save the tenor dead by the end of the work.

Giordano embraced Mussolini and the Facismos.  In the same year as the publication of this book, he wrote on a commission from Mussolini, “Inno del Decennale”, the “Decadel Hymn” which was premiered on the 10th Anniversary of Mussolini’s rise to Prime Minster of Italy on November 1, 1932 at La Scala. The work is a rousing propaganda piece with male choir and orchestra in march time. 

The quotation written by Giordano in a book published in Geneva by the Société Paxunis fourteen years after the conclusion of World War I and three years after the start of the Great Depression was an ambitious project that would lead to nothing.  Giordano’s Anti-Semitic trope in his quotation was a thought pattern which was held throughout Europe at the time, as Europeans blamed World War I on Jewish bankers greed. Banking which had long been associated with Jews, as it was one business they were allowed to transact  from ancient times was a convenient target.  Germany in particular experienced inflation after World War I which devalued their money and combined with the Great Depression which started in America and effected Europe and the rest of the World, gave them a convenient scapegoat.  Despite the fact that Mussolini famously said, “There is no Anti-Semitism in Italy” in 1934 and Jews were involved in his government to that time, the old tropes still remained about Jews and banking. Giordano’s quotation certainly tells you he subscribed to those sentiments.

A unique Giordano quotation and autograph.

 

 

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