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PUCCINI, Giacomo (1858-1924). Italian composer.
Autograph Letter Signed to A[ntonio] Bettolacci, his personal business agent, 1 page large 8vo on a letter-form with address on the reverse, Torre del Lago, 16 March 1909. To a friend who was also his hunting, shooting and boating companion, in the immediate aftermath of the Doria tragedy. With a transcript and translation.
'I am leaving for Milan now. I would have come to say my goodbye to Signora Sula and you, but the southwest wind worried me. I am better but not completely recovered. I think of Lago all the time and will be back in 7 or 8 days. ...'
In late September or October 1908 Puccini's wife Elvira had come to suspect her husband of an affair with their maidservant Doria. She commenced a vitriolic and very public campaign, which had the tragic result of the girl's suicide in January 1909. When a post-mortem examination proved Doria's innocence (she was a virgin) the family commenced legal proceedings. For Puccini himself the unhappy episode had a deeply disturbing effect, and interrupted his work on La Fanciulla del West for several months.
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