Domenico Cimarosa: His Life and His Operas

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 1999 - 225 pagine
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This is the first book in English about Domenico Cimarosa, his more than 65 operas and his sacred and secular vocal music, his keyboard music, and his various works for solo instruments and ensembles. This is also the first authoritative book on Cimarosa since an Italian biography published in 1939. Since that earlier tome was published, many important discoveries have come to light. The authors completed most of their research work at the library of the Conservatorio di musica S Pietro a Majella in Naples. Their efforts have uncovered new information on the composer's marriages, wives, children, actual performance locations, dates of first performances of his operas, and his professional appointments and contacts.

The first half of the book is devoted to a chronological description of Cimarosa's life and provides background material on the customs of the times and contemporary descriptions of the music conservatories in Naples where Cimarosa studied, as well as those in Venice where he was appointed Maestro. The second part presents an alphabetical listing of Cimarosa's more than 65 operas, including alternate names for those that were produced on different stages under different names. Included with each opera is a simple outline of the plot, the cast of characters and their voice ranges, and basic information about the structure of the music itself.

 

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Indice

Cimarosa The Man and His Music
3
The Youthful Years 17491771
9
The Setting Opera in Naples in the Eighteenth Century
33
The Early Operas From Le stravaganze del Conte 1772 to Linfedeltà fedelelll9
47
The Road to Success
77
An Amorous Intermezzo
101
Russia
111
The Years of Glory
121
The Final Years
135
HIS OPERAS
143
Selected Bibliography
203
Index
211
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Informazioni sull'autore (1999)

NICK ROSSI was the author of fifteen books on music, including Music Through the Centuries, Hearing Music: An Introduction, and Opera in Italy Today: A Guide. He was Administrative Director of Studio Lirico in Cortona, Italy.

TALMAGE FAUNTLEROY is currently the Director of OPERA at USC, University of South Carolina, and Artistic Director of Opera Carolina Theater in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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