Pizzetti, Ildebrando. (1880–1968)
Correspondence Related to a Speaking Engagement including Autograph Letter Signed
Grouping of ALS and two telegrams from the Italian composer to Professor Irma Antonetto of the Associazione Culturale Italiana, regarding a speaking engagement in the first half of 1954. ALS dated 8 October, 1953, wherein he proposes titling his lecture "The Orchestra: Secrets and enchantments, illusions and deceptions." Rome; 1 pp. Mailing folds, two holes to left margin, else in fine condition. 8.25 x 11.75 inches (21 x 29.8 cm.). Several months later in a telegram dated 27 February 1954, he asks [Translated from the Italian] "Please call me in the morning." In the second telegram dated 1 March he informs the professor "My wife's state of health has deteriorated such that I couldn't possibly leave her alone, so I must cancel my speaking engagement STOP Please understand STOP Cordially Ildebrando Pizzetti." Recipient's name to verso of second telegram. Expected surface creases, two holes to left margin, else in fine condition. Approx. 7.25 x 6 inches (18.4 x 15.2 cm.).
The important Italian composer was part of the "Generation of 1880" along with Respighi and Malipiero, and was a prolific composer of much orchestral and incidental music as well as over a dozen dramatic operas. He succeeded Respighi at the Academy of St. Cecilia in Rome in 1936 and his students included Castelnuovo-Tedesco and Donatoni. Closely associated with the poet/playwright Gabriele D'Annunzio, Pizzetti wrote incidental music to his plays and later an opera based on D'Annunzio's "La Figlia Di Jorio."
Irma Antonetto (1920-1993), was founder and director of the Associazione Culturale Italiana [Association of Italian Culture] for 46 years, during which time she brought some 400 philosophers, writers, scientists, artists, and Nobel winners to lecture in Italy. She was recipient of the 1964 Cavaliere al merito della Repubblica italiana.