105 Music Lecture 16 Puccini

105 Music Lecture 16 Puccini - Lecture 16: Puccini -Madama...

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Lecture 16: Puccini -Madama Butterfly 1909 Outline: -“Verismo” -Historical Background -Librettos as Politics (Continued) -Madama Butterfly illustrates the idea of “one person’s entertainment is another person’s life.” -Opera begins to discover other worlds: inside peoples heads, other geographical locations, etc. -Puccini is born in 1858, lives until 1928, his last opera is the last “great Italian opera.” He/his work is the culmination of Italian opera. -Greater emphasis on continuous action being supported musically. Leaves behind the recitatives Verdi was messing around with. -Emphasis on rich, powerful, gorgeous voices. -Orchestra gets more amazing, gets bigger, therefore more color is available from this. -“Verismo”: First big movement after Verdi. Translates loosely to “realism,” term usded to focus attention especially on the lower classes. Peasants undergoing tragedy. Extremely violent material. Comes out of the need to shock and exploit. Prose-like
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