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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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Simon Boccanegra

Simon Boccanegra

(p.219) 19 Simon Boccanegra
The Operas of Giuseppe Verdi

Abramo Basevi

University of Chicago Press

This chapter analyzes Verdi's Simon Boccanegra, first performed on March 12, 1857 at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice. It presents a summary of the libretto by Piave. The opera's reception was not good. It suggests that Verdi attempted in this opera a fourth manner somewhat approaching German music by seeking new forms suited to dramatic expression, by giving greater importance to recitative, and by being less concerned with melody.

Keywords:   Verdi, opera, Italian composers, libretto, Piave, German music, dramatic expression

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