Anna Bolena and the artistic maturity of Gaetano Donizetti

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Clarendon Press, 21.03.1985 - 183 Seiten
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Though he wrote quickly, Donizetti left extensive evidence of his aesthetic concerns in his autograph manuscripts. These documents reveal with extraordinary clarity the difficult composition process underlying works that, on the surface, appear to be almost effortless. Anna Bolena, which marked Donizetti's first triumph and carried his name to every important operatic center in Europe, is a central work in his career. In a close study of the autograph manuscript, Gossett examines Donizetti's musical decisions, shedding light on the composer's relationship with the Rossinian tradition and his efforts to define a personal style. Through this example, the book also seeks to develop a vocabulary and method for the analysis of Italian opera. The argument is illustrated with numerous musical examples.

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Inhalt

The History
1
Critical Evaluations of Anna Bolena
6
Donizetti as Reformer 1830
16
Synopsis and Overview
20
Melodic Detail
34
The Search for Continuity
46
Problems of Balance and Proportion
59
Tonal Closure
92
Wrestling with the Cabaletta
99
The Interdependence of Compositional Decisions
141
The Duetto rifatto for Anna and Percy No 5b
151
Making Form Responsive to Content
177
Conclusion
182
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Über den Autor (1985)

Philip Gossett is the Robert W. Reneker Distinguished Service Professor in Music and the College at the University of Chicago. He is the general editor of "The Works of Giuseppe Verdi," published by the University of Chicago Press and Casa Ricordi, and "The Works of Gioachino Rossini," In 2004 he received one of four lifetime achievement awards given by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and in 1998 he received the Cavaliere di Gran Croce, the highest civilian award given by the Italian government.

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