By Mosco Carner
This booklet is meant basically as a consultant for the opera goer. It encompasses a synopsis of the plot, with symptoms of the subjects and motifs utilized in it, and discusses the fashion of the opera, Tosca being a standard instance of Italian naturalism in operas, verismo. It compares Puccini's libretto with Sardou's play l. a. Tosca, analyses the close-knit constitution of the paintings and examines salient issues within the tune. It additionally describes the genesis of the paintings (quoting anyplace acceptable, Puccini's personal comments approximately it), its first construction and early reception. A subsidiary target of the publication is to offer the critiques, confident and unfavourable, which have been expressed via quite a few critics concerning the opera considering that its first creation in 1900. There are contributions from the prestigious singer and manufacturer of Tosca Tito Gobbi, and different musicologists, Roger Parker and William Ashbrook. Malcolm Walker has supplied a discography.
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With simulated gallantry he flatters Tosca, saying that she has set a noble example by coming to the church to pray - unlike other women who come here secretly to meet their lovers. At the same time he points meaningfully to the painting. This exchange is set to an Andante mosso in E flat major which is based on an ostinato-like bell motif of four notes (B flatG-A flat-F); together with its subsequent melodic expansion it well suggests the wheedling, honeyed manner of Scarpia. Tosca has understood, but angrily demands concrete proof of his insinuation.
4k Trionfal di nuova speme' The Sacristan angrily comments that these different women compete with the Madonna and give off a stench of hell-fire; but it is no good arguing with these Voltairean dogs (such as Cavaradossi) - they are enemies of the Holy Church. These remarks denote the antagonism between the Sacristan and the painter - the religious bigot and royalist and the free-thinker and republican. Before leaving, the Sacristan points to the food-basket, but Cavaradossi says he is not hungry.
Left alone, Scarpia launches into his erotic credo, 'Ha piu forte sapore': he is not a romantic lover, he has no time for swooning sighs and sentimental serenades. A forcible conquest has for him a far keener relish than a willing surrender. He makes straight for what he desires, satiates himself and then discards his prey to turn to new conquests. God has created different beauties and different wines; he clinches his monologue with a sip of wine. Sciarrone returns with Spoletta, who reports the outcome of his pursuit of Tosca to a little villa in the country.