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The Italian traditions & Puccini : compositional theory and practice in nineteenth-century opera

Author: Nicholas Baragwanath
Publisher: Bloomington : Indiana University Press, ©2011.
Series: Musical meaning and interpretation.
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In this groundbreaking survey of the fundamentals, methods, and formulas that were taught at Italian music conservatories during the 19th century, Nicholas Baragwanath explores the compositional significance of tradition in Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti, Verdi, Boito, and Puccini. Baragwanath explains the varying theories and practices of the period in light of current theoretical and analytical conceptions of this  Read more...
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Named Person: Giacomo Puccini
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Nicholas Baragwanath
ISBN: 9780253356260 0253356261
OCLC Number: 663954299
Description: xx, 407 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Musical traditions in nineteenth-century Italy. The Italian schools --
An introduction to the primary sources --
Puccini and the end of the great tradition --
Studies in Lucca and Milan. Composition as craft --
The Istituto musicale in Lucca --
Scarpia and the Partimento Cadence --
The Conservatorio di Milano --
Lessons in dramatic composition I: Rhythm. Rhythm without measure, accent without beat --
Rules of versification, Lippmann's rhythmic-musical types, and two case studies --
Historical survey of writings on Ritmo --
Short case studies from Bellini and Puccini --
Lessons in dramatic composition II: Harmony and counterpoint. The Partimento 'Tradition' --
Michele Puccini's Corso pratico di contrappunto (1846) --
The Bolognese attachment, or "Little keys for winding clocks" --
Regular motions and melodic composition --
Lessons in dramatic composition III: Affect, imitation, and conduct. Dominant affects and their movements --
Physical and sentimental imitation --
Form and conduct --
Case studies from Verdi, Boito, and Puccini --
Vocalizzi, Solfeggi, and real (or ideal) compositions. Lessons in singing and counterpoint --
Lessons in singing and Solfeggio --
From Solfeggio to ideal composition in Puccini (and Bellini).
Series Title: Musical meaning and interpretation.
Other Titles: Compositional theory and practice in nineteenth-century opera
Italian traditions and Puccini
Responsibility: Nicholas Baragwanath.

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"Baragwanath represents with admirable clarity the most important (and entangled) facets of the Italian theoretical traditions... An impressive tour de force." Giorgio Sanguinetti, University of Read more...

 
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