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Puccini, Giacomo
Giacomo Puccini
December 22, 1858 – November 29, 1924

Giacomo Puccini is known to us as a titan of opera, having composed important works such as Tosca, La Bohème, and others. His work was characterized with ordinary characters in typical settings, yet graced with charming melodies and surging orchestration.

The maestro’s first encounter with music was from organ lessons taught by his uncle. He also sang in church choirs. By 14 he was working as an organist at various churches. As such, most of his early works were organ pieces.

Late in his teens, he discovered Verdi’s work, and decided to focus his creative efforts on the opera form. His first efforts did not produce anything notable, however they compelled him to enroll at the Milan Conservatory. His attempts during this period gained recognition. For a time his success remained inconsistent. It was only upon the production of Manon Lescaut that his talent was acclaimed.

He followed this piece with three triumphs: La Bohème, Tosca, and Madama Butterfly. While not immediately popular, they cement his fame and skill to this day.

Puccini continued writing, however his work had diminished, and never achieved the heights of his most popular trilogy. He died in 1924.

Notable works:
La Bohème
Madame Butterfly

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