Alfano, Franco, 1875-1954

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Italian composer.

From the description of [Das Meer hat seine Perlen]. 3 giugno 1899. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270561482

From the description of Autograph letter signed, dated : Bologna, 22 March 1920, to a lawyer, 1920, 22 March. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270680503

From the description of Autograph letter signed, dated : Novara, [1904 or later], to an unidentified friend, [1904?]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270873120

Franco Alfano, Italian composer.

Opera, with libretto by Cesare Hanau, after Leo Tolstoy. Composed 1902-1903; first performed 1904.

From the description of Annotated score for Risurrezione. [1925?] (Yale University). WorldCat record id: 501736629

"The firm of Ricordi was founded in Milan in 1808 by Giovanni Ricordi (1785-1853); it was directed from 1853 to 1888 by his son Tito (1811-1888), from 1888 to 1912 by Tito’s son Giulio (1840-1912) and from 1912 to 1919 by Giulio’s son Tito (1865-1933). The firm was managed from 1919 to 1940 jointly by Renzo Valcarenghi and Carlo Clausetti, from 1940 to 1944 by Valcarenghi and Alfredo Colombo and from 1944 to 1952 by Colombo, Eugenio Clausetti and Camillo Ricordi. In 1952 it became a limited company, under the presidency first of Colombo, then of Guido Valcarenghi (from 1961), Carlo Origoni (from 1976), Gianni Babini (from 1982) and Guido Rignano (from 1988 to 1995). In June 1995 the company merged with BMG Ariola forming a new company BMG Ricordi S.p.a., of which Casa Ricordi is a division managed by Mimma Guastoni."

"During his first decade in business Giovanni Ricordi issued an average of 30 publications a year; in his second the yearly average was about 300. This expansion was largely the result of a succession of contracts starting from December 1814, which he won as prompter and exclusive copyist to La Scala, giving him the right to publish the music performed there; in 1825 he purchased their entire musical archives. In 1816 he had a similar contract as copyist to the Teatro Re, and in the 1830s and 1840s concluded highly favourable agreements with the opera houses of Venice and Naples. By the end of 1837 he had not only purchased the stock and plates of Ferdinando Artaria but was able to boast more than 10,000 publications, the exclusive rights to operas written for Milan and Naples, an archive of 1800 autograph manuscripts and a branch in Florence."

"In the entire history of music publishing there has been no other firm that through its own efforts, astuteness, initiative and flair has achieved a position of dominance such as Ricordi enjoyed in Italy in the 19th century, nor of power such as it has been able to maintain (on account of its rights on Verdi’s and Puccini’s operas) in the 20th." -- Richard Macnutt.

From the guide to the Collection of Ricordi records, 1810-1959, (Music Library)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Alfano, Franco, 1875-1954. Annotated score for Risurrezione. Yale University Library
creatorOf Alfano, Franco, 1875-1954. Comenn'aria di danza : per violoncello obbligato ed orchestra / Franco Alfano. University of North Carolina at Greensboro, University Libraries, UNCG University Libraries
creatorOf Collection of Ricordi records, 1810-1959 Music Library
creatorOf Adam, Adolphe, 1803-1856. Rare libretto collection. Roll 1, 1-40, Adam - Blech [microform] / Lila Acheson Wallace Library, Juilliard School. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Alfano, Franco, 1875-1954. [Das Meer hat seine Perlen]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Bekker, Paul, 1882-1937. The Paul Bekker papers, 1839-1981 (inclusive) Yale University, Music Library
creatorOf Alfano, Franco, 1875-1954. Autograph letter signed, dated : Novara, [1904 or later], to an unidentified friend, [1904?]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn The Bell Telephone Hour collection of sound recordings [sound recording], 1940-1968 The New York Public Library. Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound.
creatorOf Alfano, Franco, 1875-1954. Autograph letter signed, dated : Bologna, 22 March 1920, to a lawyer, 1920, 22 March. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Nicolas Slonimsky Collection, 1873-1997, (bulk 1920-1990) Library of Congress. Music Division
creatorOf Edward Johnson Collection. Correspondence between Edward Johnson and his dear friend Frank Alfano, Florence, Italy 1908-1914. University of Guelph
creatorOf Teatro alla Scala. Teatro alla Scala business letters and contracts, 1917-1973. Harvard University, Harvard Theater Collection, Harvard College Library
creatorOf Alfano, Franco, 1875-1954. Himno a Bolivar / musiesto do Franco Alfano. Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Library
referencedIn Teatro alla Scala business letters and contracts, 1920-1942 (bulk), 1917-1973 (inclusive). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
associatedWith Bekker, Paul, 1882-1937. person
associatedWith Borelli. person
associatedWith Clausetti, Carlo, 1869-1943 person
associatedWith Clausetti, Pietro, 1817-1892 person
associatedWith Colombo, Alfredo, 1877-1962 person
associatedWith Edward Johnson Collection. corporateBody
associatedWith Ferrier, Paul, 1843-1920. person
associatedWith Ganardini, A. person
associatedWith Hanau, Cesare. person
associatedWith Heine, Heinrich, 1797-1856 person
associatedWith Malipiero, Gian Francesco, 1882-1973 person
associatedWith Martucci, Giuseppe, 1856-1909 person
associatedWith Montemezzi, Italo, 1875-1952 person
associatedWith Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.). Music Library corporateBody
associatedWith Ponchielli, Amilcare, 1834-1886 person
associatedWith Puccini, Giacomo, 1858-1924 person
associatedWith Ricordi (Firm) corporateBody
associatedWith Ricordi, Giovanni, -1853 person
associatedWith Ricordi, Giulio, 1840-1912 person
associatedWith Ricordi, Tito person
associatedWith Ricordi, Tito, 1811-1888 person
associatedWith Sacerdoti. person
associatedWith Sardou, Victorien, 1831-1908 person
associatedWith Silva, Luigi, 1903-1961. person
associatedWith Slonimsky, Nicolas, 1894-1995 person
associatedWith Teatro alla Scala. corporateBody
associatedWith Tolstoy, Leo, graf, 1828-1910. person
associatedWith Tosti, F. Paolo (Francesco Paolo), 1846-1916 person
associatedWith Valcarenghi, Renzo person
associatedWith Zampone. person
associatedWith Zandonai, Riccardo, 1883-1944 person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Violoncello music--Parts
Songs with piano
Conductors (Music)
Choruses, Secular (Mixed voices) with orchestra--Scores and parts
Operas--Vocal scores with piano
Conductors (Music)


Birth 1875-03-08

Death 1954-10-27




Ark ID: w6183ck6

SNAC ID: 61170315