Rossini

Voorkant
Oxford University Press, 27 sep. 2007 - 432 pagina's
Gioachino Rossini was one of the most influential, as well as one of the most industrious and emotionally complex of the great nineteenth-century composers. Between 1810 and 1829, he wrote 39 operas, a body of work, comic and serious, which transformed Italian opera and radically altered the course of opera in France. His retirement from operatic composition in 1829, at the age of 37, was widely assumed to be the act of a talented but lazy man. In reality, political events and a series of debilitating illnesses were the determining factors. After drafting the Stabat Mater in 1832, Rossini wrote no music of consequence for the best part of twenty-five years, before the clouds lifted and he began composing again in Paris in the late 1850s. During this glorious Indian summer of his career, he wrote 150 songs and solo piano pieces his 'Sins of Old Age' and his final masterpiece, the Petite Messe solennelle. The image of Rossini as a gifted but feckless amateur-the witty, high-spirited bon vivant who dashed off The Barber of Seville in a mere thirteen days-persisted down the years, until the centenary of his death in 1968 inaugurated a process of re-evaluation by scholars, performers, and writers. The original 1985 edition of Richard Osborne's pioneering and widely acclaimed Rossini redefined the life and provided detailed analyses of the complete Rossini oeuvre. Twenty years on, all Rossini's operas have been staged and recorded, a Critical Edition of his works is well advanced, and a scholarly edition of his correspondence, including 250 previously unknown letters from Rossini to his parents, is in progress. Drawing on these past two decades of scholarship and performance, this new edition of Rossini provides the most detailed portrait we have yet had of one of the worlds best-loved and most enigmatic composers.
 

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Inhoudsopgave

1 The Formative Years 17921810
3
2 Venice and Milan 18111814
16
3 Arrival in Naples 1815
31
4 Rome and II barbiere di Siviglia 1816
38
5 Naples Rome and Milan 18161817
42
6 Mosè in Egitto and Return to Pesaro 1818
52
7 18191821
58
8 Vienna Verona Venice 18221823
73
Formal Mastery in the Comic Style
207
Aureliano in Palmira II turco in Italia Sigismondo
216
Elisabetta regina dInghilterra La gazzetta
223
26 Il barbiere di Siviglia and the Transformation of a Tradition
229
27 Otello and the Confrontation of Tragedy
237
An Essay in Comic Pathos
245
29 La gazza ladra and the Semiseria Style
251
30 Armida and the New Romanticism
256

9 Paris and London 18231824
82
10 Paris 18241829
92
11 Retirement from Operatic Composition
113
Stabat mater Olympe Pélissier and Balzac
117
13 Paris the Rhineland and Return to Italy 18351846
127
Bologna Florence and Departure from Italy 18471855
139
15 Return to Paris 1855
145
16 Saturday Soirées and a New Mass
153
17 Last Years 18651868
161
Some Problems of Approach to the Works
168
Farse for Venices Teatro San Moisè
173
20 Overtures
187
Demetrio e Polibio Lequivoco stravagante Ciro in Babilonia La pietra del paragone
191
Heroic Comedy and the Forming of a Method
199
31 Mosè in Egitto 18181819 and Moïse et Pharaon 1827
265
Ermione and Ricciardo e Zoraide
271
La donna del lago
279
34 Maometto II 1820 and Le Siège de Corinthe 1826
286
Matilde di Shabran and Zelmira
294
Semiramide
302
37 Il viaggio a Reims 1825 and Le Comte Ory 1828
308
38 Guillaume Tell
316
Messa di Gloria Stabat mater Petite messe solennelle
325
Early Songs Giovanna dArco Les soirées musicales Péchés de vieillesse
334
Appendixes
343
Index
383
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Richard Osborne is one of Britain's best known writers and broadcasters, and a leading authority on Rossini. Widely praised for its scholarship and readability, the original edition of his Master Musicians Rossini was seen as an influential act of revaluation at a time of renewed interest in the composer's music and personality. Other books by Richard Osborne include Herbert von Karajan: A Life in Music (1998) and Till I End My Song. English Music and Musicians 1440-1940: A Perspective from Eton (2002). critic and broadcaster, author of Conversations with Karajan (OUP 1991), Herbert von Karajan: A Life in Music (Chatto & Windus 1998), and Till I End My Song. English Music and Musicians 1440-1940: A Perspective from Eton (Cygnet Press 2002).

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