Vincenzo Bellini: Norma

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Norma is by common consent the finest of the ten operas composed during Vincenzo Bellini's short career. Professor Kimbell provides the biographical and cultural context of the opera, examines its artistic qualities and suggests something of the impression Norma has made on our imaginations and sensibilities in the 165 years since it was first produced in Milan. He considers the great interpretations of the eponymous leading role, while also embracing Bellini's work more generally by presenting some of the ...
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Overview

Norma is by common consent the finest of the ten operas composed during Vincenzo Bellini's short career. Professor Kimbell provides the biographical and cultural context of the opera, examines its artistic qualities and suggests something of the impression Norma has made on our imaginations and sensibilities in the 165 years since it was first produced in Milan. He considers the great interpretations of the eponymous leading role, while also embracing Bellini's work more generally by presenting some of the critical reactions to his music.
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"In this excellent handbook about a key bel canto opera, Kimbell continues with the successful formula for this Cambridge series that stresses the artistic quality of the work, its sources, composition, reception and cultural context...worthwhile...Highly recommended." The Opera Journal
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521485142
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/1998
  • Series: Cambridge Opera Handbooks Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 156
  • Product dimensions: 5.43 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Table of Contents

List of plates
General preface
Preface
A note on Italian prosody
A note on the vocal score
1 The composition of the opera 1
2 Medea - Velleda - Norma: Romani's sources 16
3 Synopsis and musical frame 29
4 Music and poetry 42
5 A glimpse of the genesis of the opera 67
6 Some variant readings 83
7 Contemporary reactions to Norma 89
8 Critical fortunes since the Unification of Italy 97
9 Five prima donnas: contributions to a performance history 107
App. I Borrowings 120
App. II The tonal plan of Norma 122
App. III Liszt's 'Reminiscences de Norma' 126
Notes 131
Bibliography 135
Index 139
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