Zandonai, Riccardo, 1883-1944

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British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000676.0x000006

Italian composer.

From the description of Autograph letter signed, dated : Pesaro, 15 February 1910, to Giulio Ricordi in Milan, 1910 Feb. 15. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270679441

"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 Frederick R. Koch collection, 1640-1983 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn The Libretto Collection, 1850-1940 Irving S. Gilmore Music Library
creatorOf Paris, Gaston Bruno Paulin, 1839-1903. [Songs : Mazzoni pamphlet collection]. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins 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 Vol. VI (ff. 235). S-Z.includes:ff. 1-9 Charles Camille Saint Saëns, composer: Letters to P. Pitt: 1909-1913.: Fr.f. 11 Joseph Salmon: Letter to P. Pitt: 1927.: Fr.f. 12 M. Salmon ten Hang: Letter to P. Pitt: 1927.: Fr.ff. 15-35 G. Mario Samm... British Library
referencedIn Koch, Frederick R. (Frederick Robinson),. Frederick R. Koch collection, 1640-1983. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Zandonai, Riccardo, 1883-1944. [Vocalizzi per voci gravi : no. 8 / R. Zandonai]. University of North Carolina at Greensboro, University Libraries, UNCG University Libraries
creatorOf Collection of Ricordi records, 1810-1959 Music Library
creatorOf Wagner, Richard, 1813-1883. Rare libretto collection. Roll 11, 335-361, Wagner - Zandonai [microform] / Lila Acheson Wallace Library, Juilliard School. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Nicolas Slonimsky Collection, 1873-1997, (bulk 1920-1990) Library of Congress. Music Division
referencedIn Frederick R. Koch collection, 1640-1983 Yale University Library
creatorOf Edward Johnson Collection. Correspondence, insurance policy, confirmation of La Scala, newspaper clippings, thank you notes, passport information, telegrams, announcements, and biographical notes concerning Edward Johnson's opera career between 1907-1938. University of Guelph
creatorOf Zandonai, Riccardo, 1883-1944. [Moderato] per violoncello e pianoforte / Riccardo Zandonai ; trascrizione di Luigi Silva. University of North Carolina at Greensboro, University Libraries, UNCG University Libraries
Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
associatedWith Alfano, Franco, 1875-1954 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 Ganardini, A. person
associatedWith Koch, Frederick R. (Frederick Robinson), 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 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 Sardou, Victorien, 1831-1908 person
associatedWith Silva, Luigi, 1903-1961 person
associatedWith Slonimsky, Nicolas, 1894-1995 person
associatedWith Tosti, F. Paolo (Francesco Paolo), 1846-1916 person
associatedWith Valcarenghi, Renzo person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Violoncello and piano music, Arranged--Scores and parts
Violoncello and piano music, Arranged--Score


Birth 1883-05-30

Death 1944-06-05




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