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The Operas of Giuseppe Verdi$
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Abramo Basevi and Stefano Castelvecchi

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780226094915

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226095073.001.0001

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(p.110) (p.111) 10 Jérusalem
The Operas of Giuseppe Verdi

Abramo Basevi

University of Chicago Press

This chapter analyzes Verdi's Jérusalem, performed in Paris in November 1847. Messieurs Royer and Vaëz wrote the libretto in such a way that enabled Verdi to insert some pieces from I Lombardi as well as to add new ones. I Lombardi was barely recognizable through the disguise of Jérusalem, owing to the loss of its freshness and appeal. This was inevitable given that the best ideas and scenes were altered in the transformation, that the action was moved under a new sky, and that many good pieces disappeared or were mutilated and many more deprived of the life and energy found in the others.

Keywords:   Verdi, opera, Italian composers, libretto, Royer, Vaëz, I Lombardi

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