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Encyclopedia > Pietro Mascagni

Pietro Mascagni (Livorno December 7, 1863Rome August 2, 1945) is one of the most important Italian opera composers of the turn of the 20th century. Image File history File links Description: Pietro Mascagni Size: 172 × 291 pixels Source: What We Hear in Music, Anne S. Faulkner, Victor Talking Machine Co. ... Livorno, sometimes in English Leghorn, (population 170,000) is a port city on the Ligurian Sea on the western edge of Tuscany, Italy. ... December 7 is the 341rd day (342th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1863 is a common year starting on Thursday. ... City motto: Senatus Populusque Romanus – SPQR (The Senate and the People of Rome) Founded 21 April 753 BC mythical, 1st millennium BC Region Latium Mayor Walter Veltroni (Left-Wing Democrats) Area  - City Proper  1290 km² Population  - City (2004)  - Metropolitan  - Density (city proper) 2,546,807 almost 4,000,000... August 2 is the 214th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (215th in leap years), with 151 days remaining. ... 1945 (MCMXLV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... 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. ...


Mascagni's 1890 masterpiece, Cavalleria Rusticana, caused one of the greatest sensations in opera history and singlehandedly ushered in the Verismo movement. However, though it has been stated and restated ad nauseam that Mascagni, like Leoncavallo, was a "one-opera man" who could never repeat his first success, this is highly inaccurate. L'Amico Fritz and Iris have been popular in Europe since their respective premieres; in fact, Mascagni himself claimed that at one point Iris was performed in Italy more often that Cavalleria (cf. Stivender). Cavalleria Rusticana (Rustic Chivalry) is an opera in one act by Pietro Mascagni to a libretto by Targioni-Tozzetti and Menasci, adapted from a short story by Giovanni Verga. ... Verismo is a style of Italian opera distinguished by realistic (sometimes sordid or violent, but not necessarily) depictions of everyday life (especially life of the lower classes), as opposed to historical or mythological subjects. ... Ruggiero Leoncavallo (March 8, 1857 - August 9, 1919) was an Italian opera composer. ... Iris is an opera in three acts by Pietro Mascagni to an original Italian libretto by Luigi Illica. ...


Mascagni wrote a total of fifteen operas, plus an operetta, several beautiful orchestral and vocal works, as well as songs and piano music. He enjoyed amazing success during his lifetime, both as a composer and conductor. If he never repeated the public success of Cavalleria, it was probably because Mascagni refused to copy himself. The variety of styles in Mascagni's operas -- the Sicilian passion and warmth of Cavalleria, the Asian flavor of Iris, the idyllic breeze that ventilates L'Amico Fritz, the French hues in Isabeau, the steely, Verismo quality of Il Piccolo Marat -- demonstrate a versatility that none of the other Veristi could boast, Puccini included. Operetta (literally, little opera) is a performance art-form similar to opera, though it generally deals with less serious topics. ... Giacomo Puccini Giacomo Antonio Domenico Michele Secondo Maria Puccini (December 22, 1858 – November 29, 1924) is regarded as one of the great operatic composers of the late 19th and early 20th century. ...


Mascagni's main operas

  • Cavalleria Rusticana (17 May 1890 Teatro Costanzi, Rome) - libretto, libretto
  • L'Amico Fritz (31 October 1891 Teatro Costanzi, Rome) - libretto
  • I Rantzau (10 November 1892 Teatro La Pergola, Florence)
  • Guglielmo Ratcliff (16 February 1895 Teatro alla Scala, Milan), composed between 1885 and the early 1890's - libretto
  • Silvano (25 March 1895 Teatro alla Scala, Milan)
  • Zanetto (2 March 1896 Liceo Musicale, Pesaro) - libretto
  • Iris (22 November 1898 Teatro Costanzi, Rome) - libretto
  • Le maschere (17 January 1901 Teatro Carlo Felice, Genoa - Teatro Regio, Turin - Teatro alla Scala, Milan - Teatro La Fenice, Venice - Teatro Filarmonico, Verona - Teatro Costanzi, Rome)
  • Amica (16 March 1905, Monte Carlo) - Italian libretto
  • Isabeau (2 June 1911 Teatro Coliseo, Buenos Aires)
  • Parisina (15 December 1913 Teatro alla Scala, Milan) - libretto
  • Lodoletta (30 April 1917 Teatro Costanzi, Rome) - libretto
  • (13 December 1919 Teatro Quirino, Rome), operetta
  • Il piccolo Marat (2 May 1921 Teatro Costanzi, Rome)
  • Pinotta (23 March 1932 Casinò, San Remo), adapted from the cantata In filanda (1881)
  • Nerone (16 January 1935 Teatro alla Scala, Milan), with music written between the 1890's and the 1930's
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Cavalleria Rusticana (Rustic Chivalry) is an opera in one act by Pietro Mascagni to a libretto by Targioni-Tozzetti and Menasci, adapted from a short story by Giovanni Verga. ... Iris is an opera in three acts by Pietro Mascagni to an original Italian libretto by Luigi Illica. ... Cantata (Italian for a song or story set to music), a vocal composition accompanied by instruments and generally containing more than one movement. ...

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Resources

  • Works by Pietro Mascagni at Project Gutenberg
  • English web site about Pietro Mascagni
  • Official Italian web site about Pietro Mascagni

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Pietro Mascagni - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (432 words)
Pietro Mascagni (Livorno December 7, 1863 Rome August 2, 1945) is one of the most important Italian opera composers of the turn of the 20th century.
Mascagni's 1890 masterpiece, Cavalleria Rusticana, caused one of the greatest sensations in opera history and singlehandedly ushered in the Verismo movement.
Mascagni wrote a total of fifteen operas, plus an operetta, several beautiful orchestral and vocal works, as well as songs and piano music.
PIETRO MASCAGNI - LoveToKnow Article on PIETRO MASCAGNI (245 words)
But Mascagni chafed at the teaching, and soon left Milan to become conductor to a touring operatic company.
Mascagni was the musical hero of the hour, and Cavalleria Rusticana was performed everywhere.
From 1895 to 1903 Mascagni was director of the Pesaro Conservatoire, but in the latter year, having left his post in order to tOur through the United States, he was dismissed from the appointment.
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