Verdi: Requiem

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Cambridge University Press, 14 sep. 1995 - 115 páginas
Verdi's Messa da Requiem is one of the most frequently performed works of the choral repertoire, and Verdi's most important non-operatic work. This new handbook offers an up-to-date account of the work's genesis, its performance history and issues regarding performing practice. The central chapters provide a descriptive analysis of the work, while exploring some of the critical issues raised by individual sections, such as Verdi's interpretation of the text (with reference to other settings by Mozart, Cherubini and Berlioz which may have influenced him); as well as the reception of his Requiem by critics. The Latin text and English translation are provided. Subsequent chapters discuss some of the most important changes and revisions Verdi made in fashioning the Requiem. The author's final discussions investigate two critical issues: the work's unita musicale, and the central issue in the history of its reception, its generic status and the extent to which the Requiem is 'operatic'.
 

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The genesis of the Messa da Requiem per lanniversario della morte di Manzoni 22 maggio 1874
1
Towards the Messa da Requiem
4
The chronology of composition
7
Precompositional decisions
8
Borrowings and revisions
10
The premiere subsequent performance history and performing practices
11
Financial concerns and reception of the premiere
12
Performances to 1879
13
Recordare
37
Ingemisco
38
Confutatis maledictis
41
Lacrymosa
43
Offertorio
45
Sanctus
49
Agnus Dei
53
Lux aeterna
56

Later performance history
14
The performing forces
15
Other issues of performing practice
16
Requiem e Kyrie
18
Dies irae
23
The reprises
25
Tuba mirum
26
Mors stupebit
27
Liber scriptus
28
Quid sum miser
30
Rex tremendae majestatis
31
The Libera me and its genesis
60
Two revisions
75
The operatic origins of the Lacrymosa
76
The unita musicale of the Requiem
80
A question of genre
89
Is the Requiem operatic?
92
The Church music topos in the Requiem
95
Notes
98
Select bibliography
110
Index
112
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