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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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Luisa Miller

Luisa Miller

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The Operas of Giuseppe Verdi

Abramo Basevi

University of Chicago Press

This chapter analyzes Verdi's Luisa Miller, first performed at Naples in December 1849, with the greatest success. The libretto by Cammarano was taken from Schiller's drama Kabale und Liebe. The opera marks the beginning of Verdi's second manner, where the majestic diminishes or disappears altogether, and each character represents no one other than himself. Passion, now individualized, no longer requires exaggeration, and so the singing, though impassioned, proceeds with greater tranquility. The melodies are lighter and less broad; the rhythms are more varied and open; the themes are in general more catchy and trite.

Keywords:   Verdi, opera, Italian composers, Cammarano, libretto

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