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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.240) (p.241) Conclusion
The Operas of Giuseppe Verdi

Abramo Basevi

University of Chicago Press

This chapter presents some final thoughts about Verdi's work. It argues that in the sixteen years during which Verdi's operas have reigned, no notable transformation of operatic music has taken place. While Verdi had several manners, these cannot be considered as new steps forward, only as detours in the direction of various schools and various composers. Italy looks to Verdi for the greatest possible improvement in theatrical music, but it also demands from him a school that may protect it from the otherwise inevitable decadence of that art in which it has for so long retained primacy.

Keywords:   Verdi, opera, Italian composers, operatic music

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