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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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I Lombardi Alla Prima Crociata

I Lombardi Alla Prima Crociata

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The Operas of Giuseppe Verdi

Abramo Basevi

University of Chicago Press

This chapter analyzes Verdi's I Lombardi alla prima crociata, first performed in February 1843. The libretto by Solera was taken from Grossi's poem of the same title. Verdi's music in I Lombardi was inspired by the same enthusiasm for Christianity that Gioberti exhibited in his Primato morale e civile degl'Italiani. For that reason, while retaining in I Lombardi the sacred colorito of Nabucodonosor, Verdi used it here with the added fire and vivacity that made it better suited to a subject that was more recent and that affected people more directly. Verdi also sought to avoid the vices of negligence and carelessness in order to steer a course between two dangerous obstacles in the composer's path: boredom and impatience in the audience.

Keywords:   Verdi, opera, Italian composers, Christianity, Solera, libretto, Grossi

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