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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

Chapter:
(p.219) 19 Simon Boccanegra
Source:
The Operas of Giuseppe Verdi
Author(s):

Abramo Basevi

Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226095073.003.0020

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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