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One page autographed large octavo letter on Reale Accademia D’Italia stationary to the futurist poet Paolo Buzzi, Milan, May 29, 1931.  Included is the transmittal envelope on Reale Accademia stationary and a 5” x 7” image.

 

Giordano writes:

 

Milano 29.5.31

 

Dear friend Buzzi,

 

I am currently looking for “Echoes of the Labyrinth”.  Soon for Rome and your new lyrics will give me delightful company.  I thank you for the constant and affectionate thoughts.

 

I give you my hand,

 

Umberto Giordano

 

Giordano (1867-1948) who was one of the great Italian opera composers was always a monarchist and later he sided with the Fascistas who had ruled Italy from 1922 under Mussolini with the King as a figurehead initially. The composer was a member of the Italian Royal Academy decreed in 1926 by Vittorio Emanuele III and was based on the Academie Française.  The organization however did not officially charter until 1929.  Giordano and Mascagni were the two most important living Italian composers among the membership of 60 “great Italians”, which included names in other academic disciplines such as Marconi, D’Annunzio, Coppola and Romanelli.  There is a series of photographs of Giordano and Mascagni together in their specially designed militaresque academic attire worn by the members of the Accademia.  The organization died along with Mussolini, never to be resurrected.

 

Paolo Buzzi (1874-1956) was an Italian Futurist poet and playwright.  He started off as a writer and poet in the classical form from the 1880’s until 1905 when he fell under the spell of the Italian poet and philosopher, Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, the founder of the “Futurist movement”.  His first Futurist work, a poem entitled “L’elisio”, “The Exile” won a competition Marinetti sponsored and was published in 1906.  His first major Futurist work was entitled “Aeroplani” and published in 1909 as a poetry anthology.  “Echi del Labirinto” “Echoes of the Labyrinth” described in Giordano’s letter was an anthology of new Futurism poetry by Buzzi and written between 1926 and 1931.  The anthology was published by Alpes publishing house in Milan, 1931 and remains today a rare a book as described by Giordano in the letter at the time.

 

Giordano and Buzzi were friends, however, they never collaborated on any musical projects.     

 

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