Otello - Jiehua Du PID:720046598 MUSC 142, Spring 2011...

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Jiehua Du PID:720046598 MUSC 142, Spring 2011 Paper Topic: Giuseppe Verdi’s Otello Verdi omitted the original Shakespeare’s othello’s first scene, starting with the second scene, a heavy rainstorm. The hysterical and irregular musical performance symbolizes Otello’s fierce personality. The notes are played rapidly with lower strings and woodwinds, which can create in image of a turbulent rainstorm. What’s more, the upper woodwinds are rising and falling irregularly, symbolizing the heavy winds. The first act ends with a romantic scene. Together Otello and Desdemona recall why they fell in love. They kiss and then walk back to the castle. Desdemona's reply is accompanied by the violins and violas, providing a contrast to the statements made by Otello previously. As the leading motive of the whole opera, the topic of “kiss” is fully presented with the performance of orchestra on E key. There is a duetto of a couple in the first scene, but these two voices don’t start to be on the same beat until the very last three bars. The duet continues to build up in passion until its climax. And this synchronization is a natural chord beyond the reality. Verdi only wrote arias for the main characters in the opera. The arias can not only present
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This note was uploaded on 05/11/2011 for the course MUSI 142 taught by Professor Na during the Spring '11 term at University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

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