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Encyclopedia > Mateo Falcone (opera)

Mateo Falcone (Матео Фальконе in Cyrillic; Mateo Fal'kone in transliteration) is one-act opera composed by César Cui during 1906-1907. (Actually, Cui designated the genre of this work as "dramatic scene.") The libretto was adapted by the composer from Prosper Merimée's like-named story and Vasily Zhukovsky's verse rendering thereof. It was premiered on 14 December 1907 (Old Style), at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow (the work was given along with the composer's early one-act comic opera, The Mandarin's Son). The premiere production of Mateo was a failure; the work never became part of the standard operatic repertoire in Russia, and seems never to have been performed again. The foyer of Charles Garniers Opéra, Paris, opened 1875 Opera refers to a dramatic art form, originating in Europe, in which the emotional content is conveyed to the audience as much through music, both vocal and instrumental as it is through the lyrics. ... César Antonovitch Cui (Russian: Цезарь Антонович Кюи) (January 6/18, 1835 – March 13, 1918) was a Russian composer and music critic of French and Lithuanian descent. ... A libretto is the complete body of words used in an extended musical work such as an opera, operetta, masque, sacred or secular oratorio and cantata, musical, and ballet. ... A composer is a person who writes music. ... Prosper Mérimée Prosper Mérimée (September 28, 1803–September 23, 1870) was a French dramatist, historian, archaeologist, and short story writer. ... After losing to the 18-year-old Pushkin a bet on who would write a better fairy tale, Zhukovsky presented to him this portrait with an inscription: To the victorious disciple from the beaten tutor. Vasily Andreyevich Zhukovsky ( 29 Jan. ... Verse is a writing that uses meter as its primary organisational mode, as opposed to prose, which uses grammatical and discoursal units like sentences and paragraphs. ... 1907 was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar). ... In Britain and countries of the British Empire, Old Style or O.S. after a date means that the date is in the Julian calendar, in use in those countries until 1752; New Style or N.S. means that the date is in the Gregorian calendar, adopted on 14 September... Bolshoi Theatre (For the rock music band Bolshoi, see The Bolshoi. ... Moscow (Russian: Москва́, Moskva, IPA: â–¶(?)) is the capital of Russia, located on the river Moskva. ... This page lists famous operas arranged by composer. ...


This opera constitutes the last of three short serious operas by this composer, the other two being Feast in Time of Plague and Mademoiselle Fifi. Feast in Time of Plague (Пир во время чумы in Cyrillic, Pir vo vremja čumy in transliteration) is an opera (literally labeled dramatic scenes) in one act by César Cui, composed in 1900. ... Mademoiselle Fifi (Мадмуазель Фифи in Cyrillic; Madmuazel Fifi in transliteration) is an opera in one act, composed by César Cui during 1902-1903. ...


The musical setting of the text of Mateo Falcone has a declamatory-melodic character, in keeping with the composer's veneration, if not slavish emulation, of Alexander Dargomyzhsky's method of [melodic recitative], which had been most thoroughly demonstrated in The Stone Guest. There are no extractable "numbers" from this opera to speak of, although highlights include the orchestral passages that suggest the rustic scenery with a kind of barcarolle, and the intimateLatin prayer near the end (a setting of "Ave Maria"), reminiscent of the composer's art songs. Alexander Sergeyevich Dargomyzhsky (1813–1869) was an early romantic 19th century composer. ... The Stone Guest (Kamennïy gost in transliteration) is an opera in three acts, left incomplete, by Alexander Dargomyzhsky to Russian libretto by Alexander Pushkin, using the story of the same name from his collection The Little Tragedies. ... A barcarolle (from French; also Italian barcarola, barcarole) is a folk song sung by Venetian gondoliers, or a piece of music composed in that style. ... Latin is an Indo-European language originally spoken in the region around Rome called Latium. ... Prayer is an effort to communicate with God, or to some deity or deities, or another form of spiritual entity, or otherwise, either to offer praise, to make a request, or simply to express ones thoughts and emotions. ... Hail Mary or, in Latin, Ave Maria is a traditional Catholic prayer to Mary, the mother of Jesus, developed in the early Middle Ages, with its roots in the Bible. ...

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Characters and Setting

Setting: Corsica, 1800's This is an article on the voice type. ... Look up Soprano in Wiktionary, the free dictionary In music, a soprano is a singer with a voice ranging approximately from the A below middle C to high C two octaves above middle C (i. ... The word alto may refer to: an experimental personal computer designed by Xerox at the Palo Alto Research Center: see Alto (computer). ... In music, a tenor is a male singer with a high voice (although not as high as a countertenor). ... This article is about the rank of sergeant. ... A basso (or bass) is a male singer who sings in the lowest vocal range of the human voice. ... A Norwegian soldier (a Corporal, armed with an MP-5) A soldier is a person who has enlisted with, or has been conscripted into, the armed forces of a sovereign country and has undergone training and received equipment to defend that country or its interests. ... A gendarmerie (French) is a military body charged with general police duties. ... Capital Ajaccio Land area¹ 8,680 km² President of the Executive Council Ange Santini (UMP) (since 2004) Population   - Jan. ...


Synopsis

The boy Fortunato is outside of his family's house, playing a horn while his parents are away. Shots ring out in the distance, and Sanpiero runs in, wounded. Fleeing the police, he asks Fortunato to hide him. Fortunato asks for and gets some money in return, and hides Sanpiero. The horn is a brass instrument that consists of tubing wrapped into a coiled form. ...


The police arrive, led by Gamba, who is related to Mateo. They search the house and try to get information out of Fortunato, who resists with juvenile evasions until Gamba tempts the boy with an enamel-encased watch. Fortunato takes the bribe and reveals Sanpiero. The word enamel can mean more than one thing: Tooth enamel Vitreous enamel Enamel (markup language) Enameled wire This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ...


Mateo and his wife return. After Gamba tells them of their son's help in capturing Sanpiero, the wounded man curses the Falcone household for betrayal as he is carried away. Mateo has only one thing to do to preserve the honor of his family: he takes his son away from the house, says prayers with him, and kills him with a single gunshot.


Bibliography

César Cui. Матео Фальконе: драматическая сцена (по Меримэ и Жуковского). Фортепианное переложение с пением. [Mateo Falcone: dramatic scene (after Mérimée and Zhukovsky). Piano-vocal score.] Москва: П. Юргенсон, 1907. César Antonovitch Cui (Russian: Цезарь Антонович Кюи) (January 6/18, 1835 – March 13, 1918) was a Russian composer and music critic of French and Lithuanian descent. ...


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  Results from FactBites:
 
Prosper Mérimée - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (469 words)
One of his stories was the basis of the opera Carmen.
Mateo Falcone (1829) - a short story about a Corsican man who must kill his son in the name of justice (made into an opera of the same name by the Russian composer César Cui)
Carmen (1846) - another famous novella describing an unfaithful gypsy girl who is killed by the soldier who loves her (made into an opera by Georges Bizet in 1875).
Literary Encyclopedia: Mérimée, Prosper (2260 words)
In 1829 Mérimée published “Mateo Falcone” in the Revue de Paris, one of the reviews that were providing an outlet for short fiction (boosted by the vogue of the first French translations of E. Hoffmann); it represents the first masterpiece of the modern French short story.
Mateo Falcone executes his only son for betraying a fugitive to the police: Mérimée reworks a traditional Corsican tale to highlight Mateo's pride, ruthlessness, and singlemindedness.
Mérimée's original Carmen differs from that of Bizet's opera in that she is seen through the eyes of two men: the infatuated Don José, and the historian (the initial narrator) to whom José relates his relationship with the gypsy.
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