Experiencing Verdi: A Listener’s Companion by Donald Sanders

By Donald Sanders

Titles in The Listener’s significant other: A Scarecrow Press track Series supply readers with a deeper figuring out of key musical genres and the paintings of significant artists and composers. aimed toward nonspecialists, every one quantity explains in transparent and obtainable language easy methods to listen to works from specific artists, composers, and genres. taking a look at the context within which the song seemed in addition to its shape, authors discover with readers the environments during which key musical works have been written and performed—from a Fifties bebop live performance on the Village forefront to a functionality of Handel’s Messiah in eighteenth-century Germany.

Along along with his contemporaries Chopin and Wagner, Verdi is likely one of the few composers whose position within the musical pantheon is predicated virtually completely upon the mastery of a unmarried style. this can be principally because of his dazzling output in a profession that lasted over fifty years. numerous of his operas occupy the nucleus of the fashionable repertoire, and Verdi virtually single-handedly maintained the Italian lyric culture opposed to the tide of Wagnerian track drama. In his ultimate years, he almost reinvented Italian opera. certainly, Verdi’s existence and song got here to be so in detail linked to the Italian unification move referred to as the Risorgimento that he's nonetheless respected as a good nationwide determine in his homeland.

In Experiencing Verdi: A Listener’s Companion, Donald Sanders combines biography with easy, concise musical research. Summarizing the evolution of Italian opera and the bel canto culture that prevailed at first of Verdi’s occupation, Sanders takes readers on a leisurely travel of 11 of Verdi’s most crucial operas and of the Manzoni Requiem and concludes with a glance at Verdi’s impact on later composers like Giacomo Puccini, his position within the glossy repertoire, and his position as an Italian patriot.

With a timeline, thesaurus of easy musical phrases, and chosen interpreting and listening ideas, Experiencing Verdi will interact opera fanatics in any respect degrees, from these simply beginning to pay attention, examine, and luxuriate in to musical devotees.

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The princess convinces Riccardo that he must marry Leonora. He consents to this, but Oberto still insists on defending his honor and arranges to continue the duel later. This eventually transpires, and Riccardo kills Oberto with Leonora looking on. Seized with regret, he leaves the country and the heartbroken Leonora, who has lost both father and lover, vows to become a recluse. OBERTO: THE MUSIC Oberto is a bel canto opera with both positive and negative features of the genre. There are numerous beautiful arias for all four vocal types represented by the principal characters.

Donizetti attended the premiere and was lavish in his praise. 4 Due to the success of this student work and through Zingarelli’s influence, the twenty-five-year-old composer was commissioned to produce a work for San Carlo the following year. This two-act opera seria, Bianca e Fernando, premiered in May of 1826 in the presence of the royal family and was extremely well received. Bellini’s success at San Carlo led to the request for a new work for La Scala for the 1827 season. For this opera he collaborated with Felice Romani (1788–1865), already a renowned librettist whose texts had been set by Rossini, Donizetti, and numerous other composers.

Riccardo has seduced Oberto’s daughter Leonora, but soon afterward has been betrothed to Cuniza, the sister of Ezzelino. Leonora is still in love with Riccardo and is torn between hope to win him back and desire for revenge. Her father, having returned temporarily from exile, rebukes her for falling in love with his bitter enemy and commands her to go to Ezzelino’s castle, where the wedding festivities for Riccardo and Cuniza are being prepared, and denounce him publicly for his infidelity. When Leonora visits Cuniza and tells her the truth about her fiancé, she is sympathetic and agrees to confront him.

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