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Verdi, La Traviata, Act I.pdf

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Department
Music
Course
MUSIC 1AA3
Professor
Matthew Woolhouse
Semester
Winter

Description
Giuseppe Verdi (1813 - 1901, aged 88, Italian) • Married in 1836, 2 children - widower at 26, and both children died • Later had (scandalous) relationship with soprano, Giuseppina Strepponi; living together but unmarried; reflected in La Traviata • Sought to reform culture and politics through opera ◦ for unification of Italy (1870) ◦ Elected to Italian parliament in 1860 • Opera dominate standard repertoire (28 in total), most operas now are Verdi or Mozart • He was good shit in Europe - his funeral was largest public assembly of any event in history of Italy La Traviata (1853) • literally "the fallen woman", about prostitute • 3-act opera ◦ Violetta: a high-class prostitute ◦ Alfredo: a young gentleman ▪ 2 fall in love ▪ She has tuberculosis though; must decide how to spend rest of her life (committed to one man, or free) ▪ they do live together, but she breaks relationship due to her scandalous past ▪ Finally reunited, only to die in Alfredo's arms • Based on novel by Alexander Dumas (Three Musketeers, Count of Monte-Christo) La Traviata Act I • Contrasting emotions through diff. singing styles ◦ passage of declamatory, sy
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