Music Lit 2.27.08

Music Lit 2.27.08 - Verdi, Otello (1887) One of his last...

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Music Lit Lecture – 2/27/08 Giuseppe Verdi Born poor: worked his way from small Europe house to “La Scala” in Milan Firmly rooted in Italian opera traditions – instrumental overtures at the beginning of opera, arias and rececitive to show off technique, love story- duet, tragedy at end, huge finale at end. Mixed with elements of French grand opera (secular sets, scenes devoted to. . ) Worked closely with famous librettists (Arrigo Boito) Famous works include “Rigoletto” “Traviata” and “Aida” Became national hero during the liberation/unification of Italy
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Unformatted text preview: Verdi, Otello (1887) One of his last works, brought him out of retirement Conceived in collaboration with Boito; based on Shakespeare Story of Moor Othello, his wife Desdemona, and the treacherous lago. Verdi Otello- Love Duet, Act 1 Shakespeares monologue becomes a duet Occurs unusually early in the opera for a Love Duet The closeness of the couple disintegrates as the opera unfolds Melody associated with a kiss is used as a reminiscence motive (returns at end of the opera)...
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