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Title: Italian verista opera libretti, 1890-1920 : a historical, structural and statistical survey
Author: Nannetti, Remo Lorenzo
Awarding Body: University of Glasgow
Current Institution: University of Glasgow
Date of Award: 1984
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Part One, "'Verismo' in Italian Opera: A Historical Perspective", provides an overview of Italian operatic activity between the years 1890 and 1920 inclusive and is subdivided into four chapters which follow a roughly chronological sequence. Chapter One, "'Cavalleria' and the Preceding Decade", covers the period 1860 to 1890 and describes the fortunes of the two principal music publishers, Rioordi and Sonsogno. Chapter Two, "Towards a Definition of 'Verismo'", shows the extent of the gulf between literary and operatic realism and examines contemporary attitudes to the question. Chapter Three, "Growth and Consolidation; 1890-96", demonstrates the extent to which Sonzogno capitalized on the immense success of "Cavalleria" and chronicles the methods used to promote "verismo puro" as a viable operatic commodity. Chapter Four, "Diversification and Decline; 1897-1920", describes how "verismo puro", despite being fragmented into a series of closely allied genres (each of which is examined and commented upon), enjoyed several revivals in the first two decades of the twentieth century, none of which could arrest the downward trend in the fortunes of Casa Sonaogno.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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