Music History 2 Verdi

  1. Verdi (Early Works)
    • Nabucco
    • Luisa Miller
    • Rigoletto
    • Il Trovatore
    • La Traviata
  2. Verdi's Opera Style
    • Harmony and counterpoint was familar to Rossini, Bellini, and Donizetti
    • Concentrated on human element and downplayed the mythological, fantastic, or nature.
    • Libretti were chosen from some of the best literature.
    • His operas were bold, emotional and had fast moving action.
    • Carefully controlled every aspect of production.
    • 4 acts
    • Soprano-baritone duets become a tradmark
    • Reminiscence motives
  3. Verdi Early Works Style
    • Use many conventions developed by the bel canto Italians.
    • Early works are short and dramatically intense.
    • After 1858, they lengthen due to French opera influnce.
  4. La traviata
    Based on a novel by Alexandre Dumas
  5. Verdi (Middle-Period)
    • Les vepres siciliennes
    • Un ballo in maschera
    • Aida
  6. Middle-Period Operas Style
    • Action becomes more continuous
    • Harmonies are more daring
    • Solos, ensembles, and choruses are freely mixed
    • Orchestra is treated with great originally
  7. Verdi (Late Works)
    • Otello
    • Falstaff
  8. Late Works
    • Guilio Ricordi persuaded him to compose two more operas
    • Both are to librettos by Arrigo Boito
  9. Giacomo Puccini
    • Manon Lescaut
    • La boheme
    • Tosca
    • Madama Butterfly
    • La fanciulla del West
    • Turandot
  10. Verismo
    an operatic parallel to realism in literature
  11. Pietro Mascagni
    Cavalleria rusticana
  12. Ruggero Leoncavallo
    I Pagliacci
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Music History 2 Verdi