Verdi s Middle Period

Both musicologists and serious opera buffs will enjoy this distinguished collection.

Author: Martin Chusid

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226106586

Category: Music

Page: 436

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During the middle phase of his career, 1849-1859, Verdi created some of his best-loved and most frequently performed operas, including Luisa Miller, Rigoletto, Il trovatore, La traviata, and Un ballo in maschera. This was also the period in which he wrote his first completely original French grand opera, Les Vepres siciliennes; the first version of Simon Boccanegra; and the intensely dramatic Stiffelio, until recent years the most neglected of all Verdi's mature works for the operatic stage. Featuring contributions from many of the most active Verdi scholars in the United States and Europe, Verdi's Middle Period explores the operas composed during this period from three interlinked perspectives: studies of the original source material, cross-disciplinary analyses of musical and textual issues, and the relationship of performance practice to Verdi's musical and dramatic conception. Both musicologists and serious opera buffs will enjoy this distinguished collection.

Verdi s Middle Period

A passage near the start of the chapter on I Lombardi will set the scene : Nella musica dei Lombardi si mostrò Verdi animato di quello stesso entusiasmo per ...

Author: Martin Chusid

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226106595

Category: Music

Page: 436

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During the middle phase of his career, 1849-1859, Verdi created some of his best-loved and most frequently performed operas, including Luisa Miller, Rigoletto, Il trovatore, La traviata, and Un ballo in maschera. This was also the period in which he wrote his first completely original French grand opera, Les Vepres siciliennes; the first version of Simon Boccanegra; and the intensely dramatic Stiffelio, until recent years the most neglected of all Verdi's mature works for the operatic stage. Featuring contributions from many of the most active Verdi scholars in the United States and Europe, Verdi's Middle Period explores the operas composed during this period from three interlinked perspectives: studies of the original source material, cross-disciplinary analyses of musical and textual issues, and the relationship of performance practice to Verdi's musical and dramatic conception. Both musicologists and serious opera buffs will enjoy this distinguished collection.

Giuseppe Verdi

“Toward an Understanding of Verdi's Middle Period. ... more dramatic ensemble numbers, employment of the stage band to represent specific social occasions, ...

Author: Gregory W. Harwood

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 0415881897

Category: Music

Page: 428

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First edition published as: Giuseppe Verdi: a guide to research. New York: Garland, 1998.

The Cambridge Companion to Verdi

This 2004 Companion provides a biographical, theatrical and social-cultural background for Verdi's music, examines in detail important general aspects of its style and method of composing, and synthesizes stylistic themes in discussions of ...

Author: Scott L. Balthazar

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139825836

Category: Music

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This 2004 Companion provides a biographical, theatrical and social-cultural background for Verdi's music, examines in detail important general aspects of its style and method of composing, and synthesizes stylistic themes in discussions of representative works. Aspects of Verdi's milieu, style, creative process and critical reception are explored in essays by highly reputed specialists. Individual chapters address themes in Verdi's life, his role in transforming the theater business, and his relationship to Italian Romanticism and the Risorgimento. Chapters on four operas representative of the different stages of Verdi's career, Ernani, Rigoletto, Don Carlos and Otello synthesize analytical themes introduced in the more general chapters and illustrate the richness of Verdi's creativity. The Companion also includes chapters on Verdi's non-operatic songs and other music, his creative process, and scholarly writing about Verdi from the nineteenth-century to the present day.

Verdi s Theater

Fairtile , Linda B. “ The Violin Director and Verdi's Middle - Period Operas . ” In Martin Chusid , ed . , Verdi's Middle Period , 413–26 ( 1997 ; see sec .

Author: Gilles de Van

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226143699

Category: Music

Page: 424

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But in the musical drama reality begins to blur, the musical forms lose their excessively neat patterns, and doubt and ambiguity undermine characters and situations, reflecting the crisis of character typical of modernity. Indeed, much of the interest and originality of Verdi's operas lie in his adherence to both these contradictory systems, allowing the composer/dramatist to be simultaneously classical and modern, traditionalist and innovator.

Verdi s Il Trovatore

“Introduction: Toward an Understanding of Verdi's Middle Period.” In Chusid, Verdi's Middle Period, 1–15. ———. “A New Source for El trovador and Its ...

Author: Martin Chusid

Publisher: University Rochester Press

ISBN: 158046422X

Category: Music

Page: 161

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The first comprehensive study of Verdi's perennially popular opera Il trovatore, written by one of the world's great Verdi authorities.


Rigoletto

In the story of the hunchbacked court jester and his beloved daughter, Verdi believed he had found &quote;the greatest subject and perhaps the greatest drama of modern times&quote;.The guide contains articles on the place of Rigoletto in ...

Author: Giuseppe Verdi

Publisher: Alma Books

ISBN: 0714545244

Category: Music

Page: 193

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Rigoletto was first produced at the Teatro La Fenice, Venice, in 1851, and is generally seen as marking the beginning of Giuseppe Verdi's extraordinary middle period. It was followed in quick succession by Il trovatore and La traviata, and even after the great success of these two works Verdi regarded it as his 'best opera' up to that time. Based on Victor Hugo's play Le Roi s'amuse, which was banned after its premiere in Paris in 1832, the opera faced considerable difficulties with local censors before performance was permitted. In the story of the hunchbacked court jester and his beloved daughter, Verdi believed he had found "e;the greatest subject and perhaps the greatest drama of modern times"e;.The guide contains articles on the place of Rigoletto in Verdi's oeuvre and the background to its composition, a detailed examination of its musical structure and a survey of its performance history including discussions of some of its most distinguished interpreters. A further article highlights aspects of the opera's particularly Italian character. The guide also includes the full Italian libretto with English translation, sixteen pages of illustrations, a musical thematic guide, a bibliography and discography, and DVD and website guides.

Verdi s

Starting in this “middle period,” Verdi's art flowered into a new maturity, and the result became some of the best loved operas of all time: Rigoletto ...

Author: Burton D. Fisher

Publisher: Opera Journeys Publishing

ISBN: 0977132099

Category: Music

Page: 116

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A comprehensive guide to Verdi's RIGOLETTO, featuring insightful and in depth Commentary and Analysis, a complete, newly translated Libretto with Italian/English side-by side, and over 35 music highlight examples.

Verdi in America

Verdi's Middle Period: Source Studies, Analysis, and Performance Practice. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1997. A collection of thirteen essays by as ...

Author: George Whitney Martin

Publisher: University Rochester Press

ISBN: 1580463886

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 472

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A renowned Verdi authority offers here the often-astounding first history of how Verdi's early operas -- including one of his great masterpieces, Rigoletto -- made their way into America's musical life.

Verdi s la Traviata

Specifically, the year 1851 inaugurated what most musicologists term Verdi'smiddle period,” that defining moment in his career in which his operas would ...

Author: Burton D. Fisher

Publisher: Opera Journeys Publishing

ISBN: 1102009474

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Verdi and the Germans

Unlike other contemporary revivals (Bach was his main example), he thought the return to popular, middle-period Verdi involved mostly critics, ...

Author: Gundula Kreuzer

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521519195

Category: Music

Page: 362

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This series explores the conceptual frameworks that shape or have shaped the ways in which we understand music and its history, and aims to elaborate structures of explanation, interpretation, commentary and criticism which make music intelligible and which provide a basis for argument about judgements of value. The intellectual scope of the series is broad. Some investigations will treat, for example, historiographical topics, others will apply cross-disciplinary methods to the criticism of music, and there will also be studies which consider music in its relation to society, culture and politics. Overall, the series hopes to create a greater presence for music in the ongoing discourse among the human sciences. --Book Jacket.

The Operas of Giuseppe Verdi

The first thorough, systematic examination of Verdi’s operas, it covered the twenty works produced between 1842 and 1857—from Nabucco and Macbeth to Il trovatore, La traviata, and Aroldo.

Author: Abramo Basevi

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 022609507X

Category: Music

Page: 304

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Abramo Basevi published his study of Verdi’s operas in Florence in 1859, in the middle of the composer’s career. The first thorough, systematic examination of Verdi’s operas, it covered the twenty works produced between 1842 and 1857—from Nabucco and Macbeth to Il trovatore, La traviata, and Aroldo. But while Basevi’s work is still widely cited and discussed—and nowhere more so than in the English-speaking world—no translation of the entire volume has previously been available. The Operas of Giuseppe Verdi fills this gap, at the same time providing an invaluable critical apparatus and commentary on Basevi’s work. As a contemporary of Verdi and a trained musician, erudite scholar, and critic conversant with current and past operatic repertories, Basevi presented pointed discussion of the operas and their historical context, offering today’s readers a unique window into many aspects of operatic culture, and culture in general, in Verdi’s Italy. He wrote with precision on formal aspects, use of melody and orchestration, and other compositional features, which made his study an acknowledged model for the growing field of music criticism. Carefully annotated and with an engaging introduction and detailed glossary by editor Stefano Castelvecchi, this translation illuminates Basevi’s musical and historical references as well as aspects of his language that remain difficult to grasp even for Italian readers. Making Basevi’s important contribution to our understanding of Verdi and his operas available to a broad audience for the first time, The Operas of Giuseppe Verdi will delight scholars and opera enthusiasts alike.

Verdi s Falstaff

As the 1850s unfolded, Verdi entered a new phase in his career. ... From the first opera in this “middle period,” Rigoletto in 1851, to Falstafi', ...

Author: Burton D. Fisher

Publisher: Opera Journeys Publishing

ISBN: 1102009458

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Verdi s Othello

By mid-century, the popularity of the early bel canto style that had become ... During this “middle period” of creativity (1851 to 1872), Verdi's operas ...

Author: Giuseppe Verdi

Publisher: Opera Journeys Publishing

ISBN: 0977145522

Category: Music

Page: 136

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A comprehensive guide to Verdi's OTELLO, featuring insightful and in depth Commentary and Analysis, a complete, newly translated Libretto with Italian/English translation side-by side, and over 30 music highlight examples.

Verdi s ERNANI OPERA STUDY GUIDE and LIBRETO

During Verdi composed fifteen operas during his first creative period, ... Verdi'smiddle period” began with Rigoletto (1851): his operas began to contain ...

Author: Burton D. Fisher

Publisher: Opera Journeys Publishing

ISBN: 1942317271

Category:

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A comprehensive new OPERA STUDY GUIDE AND LIBRETTO of Verdi's ERNANI, featuring Principal Characters in the Opera; Brief Story Synopsis; Story Narrative with Music Highlight Examples; a newly translated LIBRETTO with Italian and English translation side-by-side, with Music Highlight Examples; and Burton D. Fisher's in depth and insightful Commentary and Analysis.

Verdi

Theoperas we'll look at in this chapter standas crucial turning points from Verdi's early style to the full gloryof his middle period.

Author: Victor Lederer

Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation

ISBN: 1574674722

Category: Music

Page: 224

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(Unlocking the Masters). Giuseppe Verdi's career forms one of the loveliest arcs in musical history. The passion of his works resonates universally, while the sophistication of his middle and late operas satisfies demanding ears and tastes. In Verdi: The Operas and Choral Works , Victor Lederer surveys every one of the master's 28 operas and his greatest choral pieces, showing Verdi's growth as a musical dramatist he would revolutionize the hidebound conventions of 19th-century Italian opera and his single-minded pursuit of dramatic truth. After describing the chaotic milieu in which Verdi learned his craft, the book provides act-by-act analyses of the early masterpieces Nabucco , Ernani , and Macbeth . The neglected operas from the composer's self-described "years in the galleys" are covered together. Lederer then takes readers through the magnificent sequence of Verdi operas from Luisa Miller onward, including the fine but underrated Stiffelio . Each of the late operas Don Carlo , Aida , and Otello and Falstaff , the twin Shakespearean masterworks that crown Verdi's oeuvre is discussed at length in its own chapter. Lederer also examines Verdi's monumental Requiem along with the choral Quattro pezzi sacri , Verdi's sublime final achievement. The book comes with audio of musical selections representing highlights from throughout Verdi's long, remarkable career.

Verdi in the Age of Italian Romanticism

... Verdi In principle the structure and the dramatic purpose of Italian opera remained unchanged from Rossini's time down to Verdi's ' middle period ' .

Author: David R. B. Kimbell

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521230520

Category: Music

Page: 736

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Professor Kimbell's classic study illuminates the first fifteen years of Verdi's composing career, the era that culminated in his trio of masterpieces, Rigoletto, Il Trovatore and La Traviata. Verdi had become an acknowledged master of the peculiar brand of Romanticism that flourished in Italy in the 1830s and 40s; this background is examined in its political, social and literary light, and his consequent transformation of Italian operatic conventions is analysed. The four parts of Professor Kimbell's book range over biographical, documentary, literary and close-analytical ground. Attention is given to individual operas in order to show how Verdi assimilated and developed the Romantic tradition in his work.

Verdi Opera Women

Smart, Mary Ann, '“Cadere in ginocchio”: Melodrama and the Erasure of the Body in MiddlePeriod Verdi', in Verdi 2001. Atti del convegno internazionale di ...

Author: Susan Rutherford

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107043824

Category: History

Page: 303

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Verdi's operas - composed between 1839 and 1893 - portray a striking diversity of female protagonists: warrior women and peacemakers, virgins and courtesans, princesses and slaves, witches and gypsies, mothers and daughters, erring and idealised wives, and, last of all, a feisty quartet of Tudor townswomen in Verdi's final opera, Falstaff. Yet what meanings did the impassioned crises and dilemmas of these characters hold for the nineteenth-century female spectator, especially during such a turbulent span in the history of the Italian peninsula? How was opera shaped by society - and was society similarly influenced by opera? Contextualising Verdi's female roles within aspects of women's social, cultural and political history, Susan Rutherford explores the interface between the reality of the spectators' lives and the imaginary of the fictional world before them on the operatic stage.

Verdi for Kids

The Middle Period BY THE 18505 Verdi had become the most popular Italian opera composer in Europe. He was now well paid for the productions of his works and ...

Author: Helen Bauer

Publisher: Chicago Review Press

ISBN: 1613745001

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 121

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Chronicles the life and career of the renowned Italian composer and includes such activities as making pasta, learning bocce, and crafting a carnival mask.