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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.80) (p.81) 7 Attila
The Operas of Giuseppe Verdi

Abramo Basevi

University of Chicago Press

This chapter analyzes Verdi's Attila, first performed in March 1846 at Venice, with most gratifying success. The libretto by Solera was based on the celebrated deeds of Attila, flagellum Dei. While the music of Attila seems to be of much greater value than that of Alzira and, in several places, even than that of Giovanna d'Arco, it is nonetheless greatly inferior to that of Nabucodonosor, I Lombardi, and Ernani.

Keywords:   Verdi, opera, Italian composers, libretto, Solera, Attila

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