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Music in the Present Tense: Rossini's Italian Operas in Their Time

Emanuele Senici


In the early 1800s, the operas composed by Gioachino Rossini permeated Italian culture, from theaters to myriad arrangements heard in public and private. But around 1830, not long after Rossini stopped composing new works, there was a sharp decline in popularity that drove most of these operas out of the repertory. In the past half century, they have made a spectacular return to stages worldwide, but this newly found fame has not been accompanied by a comparable critical reevaluation. Music in the Present Tense provides a fresh look at the motives behind the Rossinian furore and its aftermath ... More

Keywords: opera, Italy, Gioachino Rossini, repetition, style, genre, trauma, theatricality, modernity, memory, Rossini

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780226663548
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226663685.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Emanuele Senici, author
University of Rome La Sapienza