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Overture “I’ll make him an offer he can’t refuse.” That is what music publisher Edoardo Sonzogno must have thought when he offered GiovanniVerga, author of Cavalleeri Rusticana (Rustic Chivalry), a pittaanc for his intellectual property rights. But Verga refused Sonzogno’s insulting offer. Years of off-and-on litigation followed. Verga won the important rounds, and financial obligations the equivalent of a severed horse head wound up in the beds of Sonzogno and composer Pietro Mascagni...

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