Leoncavallo: Life and Works

Leoncavallo: Life and Works


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Leoncavallo: Life and Works is the first fully documented biography of Ruggiero Leoncavallo (1857-1919), the beloved and popular composer of Pagliacci, whose operatic works also include Chatterton, Der Roland von Berlin, Zaza, Maia, Zingari, La boheme, and the incomplete trilogy Crepusculum. Konrad Dryden has amassed material from hundreds of unpublished letters and photographs, creating the most complete portrait of the composer to date. This biography examines various facets of Leoncavallo's life, from his youth as the son of the Naples judge who presided over the murder trial on which Pagliacci was based to his studies with the poet Giosue Carducci, and from his sojourn in France as a cafe pianist to his appointment in Egypt as music instructor to the Khedive. It also sheds light on Leoncavallo's colleagues and contemporaries, including composers Mahler, Massenet, Puccini, Verdi, and Mascagni; singers Caruso, Ruffo, Tetrazzini, and Sanderson; and historical personalities such as Arturo Toscanini, Victor Hugo, Giosue Carducci, King Wilhelm II, and Queen Victoria. Careful documentation and plot synopses of Leoncavallo's numerous works and his two U.S. tours are also provided. A foreword by Placido Domingo, photospread featuring twenty-six photos, and an appendix listing the composer's opus round out this ultimate Leoncavallo reference.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780810858732
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 02/03/2007
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.87(h) x 0.92(d)

About the Author

Dr. Konrad Dryden is professor of music and German at the University of Maryland-Europe and a frequent lecturer on verismo.

Table of Contents

Foreword   Placido Domingo     v
Foreword   Piera Leoncavallo     vii
Acknowledgments     ix
Archive Key     xi
Introduction     xiii
1857-1877     3
1878-1888     15
1889-1892     31
1893-1894     47
1895-1897     63
1898-1905     75
1906-1911     98
1912-1915     132
1916-1919     166
La nuit de mai     189
Chatterton     191
I Medici     202
Pagliacci     213
Seraphitus-Seraphita     227
La boheme     229
Zaza     245
Der Roland von Berlin     258
Maia     272
Malbruk     280
Gli zingari     283
Mimi Pinson     288
La reginetta delle rose     292
Are You There?     296
La candidata     297
Mameli     300
Prestami tua moglie     305
A chi la giarrettiera?     308
Edipo re     310
Pierrot au cinema     314
La maschera nuda     317
Il primo bacio     319
The Leoncavallo Opus     321
Bibliography     332
Index     339
About the Author     351

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