PUCCINI - beginning of the piece. As the singer becomes...

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Giacomo Puccini Madame Butterfly, “Un bel dì” Giacomo Puccini was an Italian composer who lived from 1856 till 1924. Puccini’s three best-known operas are La bohème (1896), Tosca (1900), and Madame Butterfly (1904). Opera is “a drama set to music, usually sung throughout originating in 17 th century Italy. Opera is a combination of music, drama, scenery, costumes, dance, ECT. , to create a complete art form (Cole).” Puccini was destined to be a church organist, like his father. But, Puccini had a growing interest in the opera, and in 1880 enrolled in the Milan Conservatory to pursue his interest. As a student, he showed great promise with his completion of Manon Lescaut in 1893. Puccini is defined as a late romantic period composer. Puccini foreshadows the immense changes in music we will see evolve in the twentieth century. (Cordell) Reading along with the textbook translation, I listened to “Un bel di” from Act II of Puccini’s Madame Butterfly. The orchestra is barley heard in the
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Unformatted text preview: beginning of the piece. As the singer becomes more intense, so does the violin section. When she is looking for him through a city crowd you can hear the trumpet playing, hinting at the military being present. When she says Hell call Butterfly from the distance the flute plays softly, it decrescendos until its silent for dramatic buildup. There is an undeniable passion in her voice, even when not translated. Madame Butterfly is an opera that appealed to me for many reasons. The plot of the opera is so contemporary and real life. The heartache that the geisha is crying about is applicable to anyone who has his or her heart broken. The music adds a dramatic element to her singing. When she is at her fortissimo level, you can hear the strong brass section crying out loud with her. The high quality of music being played compliments her loud and possibly overbearing (at times) singing....
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This note was uploaded on 04/16/2008 for the course LLRN 207 taught by Professor Palmer during the Fall '07 term at Manhattan College.

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