Ricordi, Giulio, 1840-1912

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Italian music publisher.

From the description of Autograph letter signed, dated : Milan, 25 October 1895, to A. Cervi in Bologna, 1895 Oct. 25. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270873643

From the description of Autograph letter signed, dated : Levico, 7 August 1889, to Giacomo Puccini in Chiasso, 1889 Aug. 7. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270873645

Epithet: music publisher and composer

British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000001186.0x000033

"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 Illica, Luigi, 1857-1919. Autograph letters signed (21), and autograph postcard signed, dated : [Castell'Arquato, July 1912], [n.p.], 3 February 1919, and [n.p., n.d.], to Tito [Ricordi], 1912 July, 1919 Feb. 2, and n.d. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Ricordi, Giulio, 1840-1912. Carnaval vénitien [microform] / J. Burgmein. University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
creatorOf Zuelli, Guglielmo, 1859-1941. Autograph letter signed, dated : Crevalcore, 14 October 1884, to Giulio [Ricordi?], 1884 Oct. 14. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Thomas, J. G. Autograph letter signed, dated : Leipzig, 20 June 1884, to Herr Auerbach, 1884 June 20. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Puccini, Elvira, 1860-1930. Autograph letters signed (2), dated : [n.p., Torre del Lago, n.d., 29 November 1903] and Torre [del Lago], 6 December 1909, to Sig. Giulio [Ricordi], 1903 Nov. 29 and 1903 Dec. 6. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf MS Mus. 1528. Correspondence R–Y, unidentified correspondents and miscellaneous papers (ff. 1-246); – receipts of payment for royal performances, 1867-1873 (ff. 247-276); – warrants for the employment of Cusins as trumpeter and musician in Ordinary ... British Library
creatorOf Assorted music: Resch-Rob Roy. British Library
creatorOf Ricordi, Giulio, 1840-1912. Correspondence from Gustav Mahler, ca. 1907. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Ponchielli, Amilcare, 1834-1886. [Letter] [18]75, October 24, Bologna [to] Giulio [Ricordi] / A[milcare] Ponchielli. Northwestern University
creatorOf Ricordi, Giulio, 1840-1912. Inno a Vittorio Emanuele primo rè d'Italia / parole del Cav. G. Regaldi ; musica di Giulio Ricordi. Northwestern University
creatorOf Ricordi, Giulio, 1840-1912. Autograph letter signed, dated : Levico, 7 August 1889, to Giacomo Puccini in Chiasso, 1889 Aug. 7. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Marenco, Romualdo, 1841-1907. Autograph letter signed, dated : Milan, 31 January 1881, to Giulio [Ricordi?], 1881 Jan. 31. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Illica, Luigi, 1857-1919. Autograph letters signed (9), dated : [Venice, 24 November 1900], Genoa, 14 November 1911, [Castell'Arquato, 29 April 1912], and [n.p., n.d.], to Giulio Ricordi, [1900 Nov. 24], 1911 Nov. 14, [1912 Apr. 29], and n.d.]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Ponchielli, Amilcare, 1834-1886. Autograph letters signed (2), dated : Cremona, 31 May 1873, and Milan, 28 September 1874, to [Antonio] Ghislanzoni, 1873 May 31 and 1874 Sept. 28. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Bechstein, Carl, 1826-1900. Letter signed, dated : Berlin, 17 April 1895, to Julio Ricordi in Milan, 1895 Apr. 17. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Collection of Ricordi records, 1810-1959 Music Library
creatorOf Zandonai, Riccardo, 1883-1944. Autograph letter signed, dated : Pesaro, 15 February 1910, to Giulio Ricordi in Milan, 1910 Feb. 15. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Lauro Ayestarán Collection, 1830-1966, (bulk 1850-1950) Library of Congress. Music Division
creatorOf Ricordi, Giulio, 1840-1912. Autograph letter signed : Milano, to Romilda Pantaleoni, 1884 Dec. 16. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Ricordi, Giulio, 1840-1912. Le roman de Pierrot et de Pierrette [microform] : historiettes musicales / by Burgmein ; arr. by G. Bocca[vecchia]. University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
creatorOf Perosi, Lorenzo, 1872-1956. Autograph letter signed, dated : [Rome], 2 December 1907, to Giulio Ricordi in Milan, 1907 Dec. 2. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Ricordi, Giulio, 1840-1912. Autograph letter signed, dated : Milan, 25 October 1895, to A. Cervi in Bologna, 1895 Oct. 25. Pierpont Morgan Library.
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Relation Name
associatedWith Alfano, Franco, 1875-1954 person
associatedWith Ayestarán, Lauro. person
associatedWith Bechstein, Carl, 1826-1900. person
associatedWith Cervi, A., person
associatedWith Clausetti, Carlo, 1869-1943 person
associatedWith Clausetti, Pietro, 1817-1892 person
associatedWith Colombo, Alfredo, 1877-1962 person
associatedWith Ganardini, A. person
associatedWith Illica, Luigi, 1857-1919. person
associatedWith Malipiero, Gian Francesco, 1882-1973 person
associatedWith Marenco, Romualdo, 1841-1907. person
associatedWith Martucci, Giuseppe, 1856-1909 person
associatedWith Mary Flagler Cary Music Collection (Pierpont Morgan Library) corporateBody
associatedWith Montemezzi, Italo, 1875-1952 person
associatedWith Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.). Music Library corporateBody
associatedWith Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.). Music Library. General Manuscript Collection. corporateBody
associatedWith Pantaleoni, Romilda, 1847-1917, person
associatedWith Panzacchi. person
associatedWith Perosi, Lorenzo, 1872-1956. person
associatedWith Ponchielli, Amilcare, 1834-1886. person
associatedWith Puccini, Elvira, 1860-1930. person
associatedWith Puccini, Giacomo, 1858-1924. person
associatedWith Regaldi, Giuseppe person
associatedWith Ricordi (Firm) corporateBody
associatedWith Ricordi, Giovanni, -1853 person
associatedWith Ricordi, Tito person
associatedWith Ricordi, Tito, 1811-1888 person
associatedWith Sardou, Victorien, 1831-1908 person
associatedWith Sousa Archives for Band Research. corporateBody
associatedWith Sousa Preservation Project. corporateBody
associatedWith Sousa Preservation Project. corporateBody
associatedWith Thomas, J. G. person
associatedWith Tosti, F. Paolo (Francesco Paolo), 1846-1916 person
associatedWith Valcarenghi, Renzo person
associatedWith Victor Emmanuel II, King of Italy, 1820-1878. person
associatedWith Wagner, Richard, 1813-1883. person
associatedWith Zandonai, Riccardo, 1883-1944. person
associatedWith Zuelli, Guglielmo, 1859-1941. person
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Subject
Choruses, Secular (Mixed voices) with orchestra--Vocal scores with piano
Suites (Band), Arranged--Parts
Choruses, Secular (Mixed voices) with orchestra--Scores and parts
Band music, Arranged--Parts
Occupation
Composers
Collector
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Birth 1840-12-19

Death 1912-06-06

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