Alfano, Franco. (1875–1954)
Collection of Letters Regarding an Invitation to Speak at the Associazione Culturale Italiana
Collection of four autograph letters signed from the Italian composer and pianist to Professor Irma Antonetto of the Associazione Culturale Italiana, regarding an upcoming speaking engagement. In the first letter (20 June, 1952; 2 pp. on A4 personal stationary), Alfano notes that he would be happy to give a talk on "modalities and their combinations." The remaining three letters, dated 4 and 11 October 1952, together with one undated, regard further details of the trip, questions of programming including interpreters, as well as potential dates. Two holes to left margin of each letter, else fine.
Franco Alfano, an Italian composer and pianist, is best known today for his opera Risurrezione and for having completed Puccini's Turandot after the master's death.
Irma Antonetto (1920-1993), was founder and director of the Associazione Culturale Italiana [Association of Italian Culture] for 46 years, during which time she brought some 400 philosophers, writers, scientists, artists, and Nobel winners to lecture in Italy. She was recipient of the 1964 Cavaliere al merito della Repubblica italiana.