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 Giacomo Puccini

Giacomo Puccini

Birth
Lucca, Provincia di Lucca, Toscana, Italy
Death 29 Nov 1924 (aged 65)
Brussels, Arrondissement Brussel-Hoofdstad, Brussels-Capital Region, Belgium
Burial Torre del Lago, Provincia di Lucca, Toscana, Italy
Plot Private Chapel of His Home
Memorial ID 2177 · View Source
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Operatic Composer. Born into a family of church musicians, Giacomo Puccini received his formal training at Milan Conservatory. He wrote his first opera, "Le Villi", in 1884, earning a working agreement with Italian publishing house Ricordi. His best known works include "Manon Lescaut" (1893), "La Boheme" (1896), "Tosca" (1900), "Madma Butterfly" (1904), the American-set "The Girl of the Golden West" (1910), "La Rondine" (1917), "Il Trittico" (1918) and the posthumous "Turandot" (1926). Curiously enough, Puccini's two best-known works, "La Boheme" and "Madama Butterfly", both opened to outright hostility from their premiere audiences, though they would earn rave receptions thereafter. This is especially unusual considering Puccini's inherent conservatism. He did not challenge his audiences like Stravinsky, nor did he strive for megalithic grandeur like Wagner or Verdi. Rather, according to Puccini himself, "The only music I can compose is that of little things." His work remains an integral part of the operatic repertoire.

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  • Added: 1 Jan 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 2177
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Giacomo Puccini (22 Dec 1858–29 Nov 1924), Find A Grave Memorial no. 2177, citing Puccini Estate Grounds, Torre del Lago, Provincia di Lucca, Toscana, Italy ; Maintained by Find A Grave .