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MASTERS OF LOVING TENDERNESS Precocious adolescence in the works of Mozart and Da Ponte

The famous Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, born from Agatha Christie’s pen, claimed that “one clue is a clue, two clues are a coincidence, but three clues are evidence”. Good detectives (like the incurable curious) put together seemingly disparate elements to reconstruct a hidden or misunderstood reality. Disguised as Roman Poirot, I ventured among the pages …

MOZART’S AUGMENTED REALITY A glance at the Cavatina. ” L’ho perduta… me meschina!” (from Le Nozze di Figaro)

In recent years, I have devoted much of my studies to the shining and mysterious world of operatic arias. In particular, to investigate what secrets are kept in the fertile folds of lyric poetry, poetry fertilized by music and transfigured into belcanto. Among all the wonders that have moved, amused, terrified or exalted me, I …

THE NOBLE LIFE OF NEAPOLITAN SONG ーClassical models in the Parthenopean repertoire

“When they say that Neapolitan singing is popular, we feel that something is out of tune…” No, it’s not the same article as last week!!!! Same beginning, but different point of view: will this feeling be true also from a different perspective? If we agree that the influence of the Neapolitan repertoire on the most …

CLASSICAL LIFE OF NEAPOLITAN MUSIC ―The successful contacts between Neapolitan song and classical music

When they claim that Neapolitan singing is popular, we feel that something is out of tune… Yes, its “oral” origin is true, without recognizable authors. But, soon, the commercial organization took possession of it, making it the object of irremovable publication and recording. Thus, the boundary line that has always separated authentically folkloric art from …

THE MUSICAL PAINTING OF RAFFAELLO Visual polyphonies in the ” Heliodorus’ Room” in the Vatican (Part 3)

Dear friends, today we conclude our visit, in the Vatican Museums, to Raphael’s frescoes for the Room of Heliodorus. With the previous articles we tried to investigate the overall project of the work (https://lemuse.or.jp/it/blog14-boschi/) and then explored the first two painted scenes: The Expulsion of Heliodorus and the Miraculous Mass of Bolsena (https://lemuse.or.jp/it/blog15-boschi/). Let’s imagine, …

THE MUSICAL PAINTING OF RAFFAELLO (Part 2)Visual polyphonies in the “Heliodorus’ Room” in the Vatican

Dear friends, as promised in last Saturday’s article, today we are approaching the frescoes that occupy the lunettes of the “Heliodorus’ Room” in the Vatican Museums, to discover how much music is present and alive in these masterpieces. Let’s start with the painting that gives the name to the whole room: The Expulsion of Heliodorus, …

THE MUSICAL PAINTING OF RAFFAELLO part 1

THE MUSICAL PAINTING OF RAFFAELLO -Visual polyphonies in the “Eliodoro’s Room” in the Vatican For all art lovers, 2020 will be remembered as “the year of Raphael“: 500 years after the death (April 6, 1520) of the painter, architect, archaeologist, set designer that the contemporaries already called “divine”. In the revolutionary simplicity of this (as, …

ORPHÉE AUX ENFERS BY OFFENBACH : MYTH AND SATIRE

Jacques Offenbach composes Orphée aux Enfers in 1858, with a libretto by Hector Crémieux and Ludovic Halévy (the same as Bizet’s Carmen). In a letter he explains the method of his work: “When a melody does not satisfy me at first listening, I change it ten or twenty times, if necessary, before laying it down …

MONTEVERDI AND L’ORFEO OF THE MYTH

Claudio Monteverdi (1567/1643) lived through the stylistic transition between the Renaissance and Baroque periods. But, even more than living it, he determines this transition: he imposed it with the authority of elegance combined with expressive intensity. Alongside the famous polyphonic tests, condensed in the eclectic variety of his madrigals, we see him triumphantly imposing himself …

IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF VIOLETTA VALÉRY

In these weeks (every Thursday evening, until November 28), RAI 5 delights us with some rehearsals of La Traviata led by Riccardo Muti (https://www.riccardomuti.com/2019/11/07/muti-prova-la-traviata-su-rai-5/). The recording was made in Ravenna, in the Dante Alighieri Theatre, on the occasion of the courses of the “Riccardo Muti Italian Opera Academy”: a group of young instrumentalists (the “Luigi …

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