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Verdi's Middle Period: Source Studies, Analysis, and Performance Practice

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During the middle phase of his career, 1849-59, Verdi adopted new compositional procedures to create some of his best-loved and most-performed works. Focusing on the operas he composed during this period, this volume explores Verdi's work from three interlinked perspectives: studies of the original source material, cross-disciplinary analyses of musical and textual issues, and the relationship of performance practice to Verdi's musical and dramatic conception.

In addition to offering new insights into such staples as Il trovatore, La traviata, and Un ballo in maschera, Verdi's Middle Period also highlights works which have only recently begun to re-enter public consciousness, such as Stiffelio, as well as lesser-known works such as Luisa Miller and Les Vêpres siciliennes. Comprising major essays by some of the best-known Verdians of our day, as well as articles from up-and-coming scholars, this volume has much to offer readers ranging from musicologists to serious opera buffs.

Contributors are Martin Chusid, Markus Engelhardt, Linda B. Fairtile, Philip Gossett, Kathleen Kuzmick Hansell, Elizabeth Hudson, James Hepokoski, Roberta Montemorra Marvin, Carlo Matteo Mossa, Roger Parker, Harold S. Powers, David Rosen, and Mary Ann Smart.

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During the middle phase of his career, Verdi adopted new compositional procedures to create some of his best-loved and most-performed works. This volume explores Verdi's work from three interlinked perspectives: studies of the original source material, cross-disciplinary analyses of musical and textual issues, and the relationship of performance practice to Verdi's musical and dramatic conception.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

List of Abbreviations

Introduction: Toward an Understanding of Verdi's Middle Period

Martin Chusid

1: New Sources for Stiffelio: A Preliminary Report

Philip Gossett

2: Compositional Techniques in Stiffelio: Reading the Autograph Sources

Kathleen Kuzmick Hansell

3: "A Monk and At Least Some New Things": Verdi, Cammarano, and L'assedio di Firenze

Carlo Matteo Mossa

4: "Insolite forme," or Basevi's Garden Path

Roger Parker

5: Ottocento Opera as Cultural Drama: Generic Mixtures in Il trovatore

James Hepokoski

6: "Something's Been Done to Make Room for Choruses": Choral Conception and Choral Construction in Luisa Miller

Markus Engelhardt

7: A New Source for El trovador and Its Implications for the Tonal Organization of Il trovatore

Martin Chusid

8: "Proud, Indomitable, Irascible": Allegories of Nation in Attila and Les Vepres siciliennes

Mary Ann Smart

9: Masking Music: A Reconsideration of Light and Shade in Un ballo in maschera

Elizabeth Hudson

10: "La dama velata": Act II of Un ballo in maschera

Harold Powers

11: Meter, Character, and Tinta in Verdi's Operas

David Rosen

12: Aspects of Tempo in Verdi's Early and Middle-Period Italian Operas

Roberta Montemorra Marvin

13: The Violin Director and Verdi's Middle-Period Operas

Linda B. Fairtile

List of Contributors

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226106595
Editor:
Hansell, Kathleen Kuzmick
Editor:
Gossett, Philip
Editor:
Hansell, Kathleen Kuzmick
Editor:
Chusid, Martin
Author:
Chusid, Martin
Author:
Chusod, Martin
Author:
Gossett, Philip
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Location:
Chicago, IL :
Subject:
History & Criticism *
Subject:
Composers & Musicians - Classical Vocalists
Subject:
Opera
Subject:
Verdi, Giuseppe
Subject:
History & Criticism - General
Subject:
Genres & Styles - Opera
Subject:
Music | Opera
Edition Description:
1
Series Volume:
246
Publication Date:
19980131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
9 halftones, 58 musical examples, 19 tab
Pages:
444
Dimensions:
9.38 x 6.63 in

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