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CAMILLE SAINT-SAËNS - COMPOSER
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Autographed Photographie Nouvelle of Béziers cabinet photograph dedicated to the Bohemian born, Italian composer, Riccardo Pick-Mangiagalli, 1905.  The image, bears the photographers hand written inventory number 4755 and was taken in 1902 at the time of the World Premiere of the play “Paryasatis at the Théâtre des Arènes de Béziers.  The drama was written by Jane Dieulafoy and Saint-Saëns was commissioned to write the incidental music and appeared for the rehearsals and first performances.

Composer Riccardo Pick-Mangiagalli (1882-1949) was Bohemian born and a naturalized Italian citizen.  He was 23 at the time this cabinet photograph was dedicated to him by Saint-Saëns.  He graduated in 1903 from the Verdi Conservatorio in Milan and moved to Prague and then Vienna.  Whilst in Vienna to make a living while studying composition with Richard Strauss, he became a fine concert pianist.  It is uncertain the circumstances in which he was introduced to Saint-Saëns, but he was living in Vienna in 1905.  Pick-Mangiagalli became quite famous later on for several reasons, as a composer, he was noted for his ballets, as well as his large catalog of solo piano works, symphonic works and even film music.  From 1936, until his death in 1949, he was the Director of the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatorio in Milan. (He followed Ildebrando Pizzetti in that position.)

A fine image of Saint-Saëns despite the light foxing seen in the scan, which is lighter in person.  The addition of the inventory number by the photographer on the verso is unusual for this period.