The Alberto Franchetti Collection @ Panizzi Library (Reggio Emilia, Italy)
On 19 April 2013, Mariacarla Sidoli Terrachini and Stefano Maccarini Foscolo Canella, representing the Alberto Franchetti Association and acting on behalf of the Ponsi heirs, donated a collection of documents and archive materials to the Panizzi Library in Reggio Emilia. Some relate to Alberto Franchetti, while others once belonged to the composer himself.
Born in Turin in 1860, Alberto Franchetti was the son of Baron Raimondo Franchetti Senior and Sara Louise Rothschild. Reggio Emilia could be considered his adopted home town because it was at the heart of both his family affairs and his musical career. In the period following the Second World War, music critics have often failed to appreciate Franchetti’s work. Nonetheless, he can be considered an important exponent of the “Giovane Scuola” (“Young School”) of musicians who sought to reinvigorate Italian music in the late 19th and early 20th century.
An inventory of the collection was taken by Roberto Marcuccio and presented in February 2014 during a conference entitled Alberto Franchetti: the papers and notes – Donation of the collection to the Panizzi Library. In the Franchetti collection, there are four folders of material that directly or indirectly document the life and work of the musician. It contains 62 documents altogether, including manuscripts, letters, handwritten and printed music, books, theses by university students, minor publications, audio CDs and CD-ROMs. They are all catalogued in a total of 20 records.
There are also additional documents about Alberto Franchetti in other collections at the Panizzi Library. They are of the same nature as the materials mentioned above and they are all catalogued in a total of 16 records
An updated version of the inventory, complete with fresh acquisitions and a new critical introduction, was included in the recently published book Alberto Franchetti. L’uomo, il compositore, l’artista (“Alberto Franchetti: the man, the composer, the artist”).
The Franchetti Collection @ Gentilucci Musical Library (Reggio Emilia, Italy)
The Franchetti collection held by the Biblioteca Musicale “A. Gentilucci” (part of the Istituto Superiore di Studi Musicali di Reggio Emilia e Castelnovo ne’ Monti “A. Peri-C. Merulo” – Reggio Emilia) contains:
- 7 scores / books of printed music
- 10 librettos
- 6 CDs (2 of them were owned by the musicologist Rubens Tedeschi) + 2 DVDs
- 4 books + 3 theatre programmes
Here you can find information about private collections containing a wealth of materials relating to Alberto Franchetti.
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