Montemezzi, Italo, 1875-1952

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Italian composer.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Milan, [n.d., ca. 1913?], to Sig. [Giuseppe?] Albinati, [n.d., ca. 1913?]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270582597

From the description of Autograph letter signed, dated : Milan, 14 April 1931, to [Bruno] Zirato, 1931 Apr. 14. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270900762

Montemezzi emigrated to California in 1939. He was apparently a friend of Alma Mahler and Franz Werfel from at least 1942, when they also lived in California, if not before. Katherine Montemezzi was Italo's wife.

From the description of Correspondence to Alma Mahler and Franz Werfel, 1942-1950. (University of Pennsylvania Library). WorldCat record id: 155863989

"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
referencedIn Halsband, Ruth Alice, 1901-1971. Ruth Alice Halsband papers, 1895-1971. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Montemezzi, Italo, 1875-1952. Autograph letter signed, dated : Milan, 14 April 1931, to [Bruno] Zirato, 1931 Apr. 14. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Montemezzi, Italo, 1875-1952. Autograph letter signed : Milan, [n.d., ca. 1913?], to Sig. [Giuseppe?] Albinati, [n.d., ca. 1913?]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Bampton, Rose. Collection of items associated with Arturo Toscanini, ca. 1882-1967. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Toscanini, Arturo, 1867-1957. Correspondence received, 1902-1939. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Marchetti, Filippo, 1831-1902. Rare libretto collection. Roll 6, 187-217, Marchetti - Moszkowski [microform] / Lila Acheson Wallace Library, Juilliard School. University of Virginia. 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.
referencedIn Serge Koussevitzky Archive, 1920-1976, (bulk 1924-1951) Music Division Library of Congress
creatorOf Teatro alla Scala. Teatro alla Scala business letters and contracts, 1917-1973. Harvard University, Harvard Theater Collection, Harvard College Library
creatorOf Montemezzi, Italo, 1875-1952. Autograph. Dartmouth College 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.
referencedIn Nicolas Slonimsky Collection, 1873-1997, (bulk 1920-1990) Music Division Library of Congress
referencedIn Teatro alla Scala business letters and contracts, 1920-1942 (bulk), 1917-1973 (inclusive). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
creatorOf Montemezzi, Italo, 1875-1952. Correspondence to Alma Mahler and Franz Werfel, 1942-1950. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Montemezzi, Italo, 1875-1952. Gallurese / Montemezzi. Northwestern University
creatorOf Collection of Ricordi records, 1810-1959 Music Library
referencedIn Moldenhauer Archives at the Library of Congress, circa 1000-circa 1990 Music Division Library of Congress
referencedIn Judson, Arthur, 1881-1975. Typewritten letters signed (2), dated : Philadelphia, 11 October 1924 and 10 December 1927, to George Engles, 1924 Oct. 11. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Collection of items associated with Arturo Toscanini, ca. 1882-1967 The New York Public Library. Music Division.
referencedIn Correspondence received, 1902-1939 The New York Public Library. Music Division.
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associatedWith Albinati, Giuseppe, person
associatedWith Alfano, Franco, 1875-1954 person
associatedWith Bampton, Rose person
associatedWith Bampton, Rose. person
associatedWith Clausetti, Carlo, 1869-1943 person
associatedWith Clausetti, Pietro, 1817-1892 person
associatedWith Colombo, Alfredo, 1877-1962 person
associatedWith Ganardini, A. person
associatedWith Goldman, Edwin Franco, person
associatedWith Halsband, Ruth Alice, 1901-1971. person
associatedWith Judson, Arthur, 1881-1975. person
correspondedWith Koussevitzky, Serge, 1874-1951 person
associatedWith Malipiero, Gian Francesco, 1882-1973 person
associatedWith Martucci, Giuseppe, 1856-1909 person
associatedWith Mary Flagler Cary Music Collection (Pierpont Morgan Library) corporateBody
associatedWith Moldenhauer, Hans. person
associatedWith Montemezzi, Katherine. person
associatedWith Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.). Music Library corporateBody
associatedWith Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.). Music Library. General Manuscript Collection. corporateBody
associatedWith Ponchielli, Amilcare, 1834-1886 person
associatedWith Ponselle, Rosa, 1897-1981. 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 Sardou, Victorien, 1831-1908 person
associatedWith Slonimsky, Nicolas, 1894-1995 person
associatedWith Teatro alla Scala. corporateBody
associatedWith Toscanini, Arturo, 1867-1957. person
associatedWith Tosti, F. Paolo (Francesco Paolo), 1846-1916 person
associatedWith Valcarenghi, Renzo person
associatedWith Zandonai, Riccardo, 1883-1944 person
associatedWith Zirato, Bruno, person
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Operas--Excerpts--Piano scores
Musical sketches
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Birth 1875-08-04

Death 1952-05-15

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