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Two page autographed letter on a 4.5” x 6” St. Cecilia correspondence card, Viareggio, August 14, 1948.  The composer writes to a female friend. The letter is un-translated.

Pizzetti writes, that he received her letter of the 3rd of August.  He then goes on to mention the legitimate stage and film actress Maria Melato (1885-1950) and her performance in “La Trachinie”, a play by Sophocles presented at the Greek Theater in Syracuse in 1933 in which he wrote the incidental music and which by all historical accounts she stole the show.  He also mentions her role Fedra in the play, he wrote an opera based on the tale in 1915.  He goes on to suggest that his musical editions are available at Casa Sonzogno.  He then goes on to discuss the needs for a performance of “La Trachinie” which he says requires a chorus of 60 strong voices. (It is scored for 2 male choruses) and then he mentions a  mezzo-soprano, or contralto soloist. 

In 1948, Pizzetti (1880-1968) was the dean of Italian composers.  His importance rests in the fact that while he did compose opera, he also composed symphonic works, music for film, works for chorus and orchestra, chamber works and piano pieces.  Today, he is best remembered for his operas; “Assassinio nella cattedrale”, “Debora e Jaele”, “Fedra”, “Fra Gherardo”.  That said he wrote many more, as well as a symphony, concertos for violin, viola and one for harp; two string quartets, incidental music and the scores for five feature films.  He taught at the Parma Conservatory (1907-1908), Florence Conservatory (1908-1924) where he was the Director as of 1917, Director of the Verdi Conservatory in Milan (1924-1936) and from (1936-1958) he taught at the St. Cecilia Conservatory in Rome, becoming President in 1947 and relinquishing the position in 1952.

A fine letter with interesting musical content!

ILDEBRANDO PIZZETTI - COMPOSER
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