Puccini was full, not of the success of his opera, but of the achievements of the artists who were interpreting it.
But, as we shall see, the path to fame did not immediately open to Puccini.
But Puccini told me, when last I saw him, that so far he had only spent a week-end in it.
Puccini kept a diary, which he called "Bohemian Life," in 1881.
In a few pages are enough melodies and themes to set up a Puccini—or for that matter a Strauss or an Elgar—for life.
One29 statement at least was very characteristic of Puccini.
Puccini's music is dramatic, and by far the greater part of it, by a sort of quick natural instinct, is purely of the theatre.
Puccini seems to realize this, for he accompanies the obnoxious word with a discord!
One may point almost to Bizet, as shown in Carmen, as the special point from which Puccini started.
Puccini looked at the story of Manon through Italian spectacles.