Puccini, Giacomo (Antonio Domenico Michele Secondo Maria)(ii)
- Michele Girardi
(Antonio Domenico Michele Secondo Maria)
Member of Puccini family
(b Lucca, Dec 22, 1858; d Brussels, Nov 29, 1924). Italian composer, son of (4) Michele Puccini. He was the greatest composer of Italian opera after Verdi.
Born into a family that had supplied his native city with musicians for the previous four generations, Puccini began his musical education (after completing his classical studies) in 1874 at the Istituto Musicale Pacini in Lucca, with his uncle Fortunato Magi. It was Carlo Angeloni, however, who introduced him to the study of orchestral scores, particularly those of Verdi. He had his first success as a composer during these years with the motet Plaudite populi (1877) and with a Credo, both of which were performed on 12 July 1878 in honour of San Paolino, the patron saint of Lucca. (The Credo was later inserted into his Messa a quattro.) His unusual gifts were recognized and in ...