The document presented here is a postcard sent by the composer Giacomo Puccini (1858–1924) to his brother-in-law Giuseppe Razzi, Via Porta Santa Maria 14, Florence, requesting the purchase of various pieces of equipment. The date of the postcard (February 24, 1905) and the place from which it was mailed (Torre del Lago) can be ascertained from the railway postmark on the back of the card. The postcard is from the Fondo Bonturi-Razzi in the State Library of Lucca, which consists of more than 500 letters, postcards, photographs and other items relating to the life and work of Puccini. The collection was acquired by the State Library of Lucca in 2006 from the heirs of Giuseppe Razzi and his wife Adelaide (Ida) Bonturi, the sister of Puccini’s wife Elvira Bonturi Puccini (1860–1930). Puccini was born in Lucca into a family of musicians that for two centuries had provided the musical directors of the Cathedral of San Martino in Lucca. He served for a time as organist for the cathedral before studying composition in Milan. In 1891 he moved to the small town Torre del Lago near the Tyrrhenian Sea. There he wrote his most famous operas, including La Bohème (1896), Tosca (1900), and Madama Butterfly (1904). Later bursts of creativity resulted in the three operas of Il Trittico (Il Tabarro, Suor Angelica, and Gianni Schicchi), which premiered in 1918, and Turandot, which premiered in 1926, after the composer’s death.
Place: Europe; Italy; Tuscany; Florence; Europe; Italy; Tuscany; Torre del Lago
Institution: State Library of Lucca
Physical description: 1 postcard : 90 x 130 millimeters