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Fabrizio Della Seta

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780226749143

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226749167.001.0001

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* The Death of King Duncan

* The Death of King Duncan

From Shakespeare to Verdi, Via the French Revolution

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(p.83) 5 * The Death of King Duncan
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Not without Madness
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Fabrizio Della Seta

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226749167.003.0006

This chapter analyzes Verdi's music. Macbeth is a fine example of Verdi's ability to synthesize a dramatic situation with the greatest possible economy of expressive means. The chapter descirbes Verdi's composition of a march (allegro risoluto, in 6/8 time) in Macbeth. This tradition was extensively exploited in the opera comique in the period of the French Revolution.

Keywords:   verdi, macbeth, dramatic situation, march, allegro risoluto, opera comique, french revolution

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