Pietro Mascagni and His Operas

Pietro Mascagni and His Operas

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University Press of New England
Just twenty-six when the electrifying premiere of his Cavalleria Rusticana at the Teatro Costanzi in Rome catapulted the impoverished musician into sudden fame and fortune, Pietro Mascagni (1863-1945) went on to write fifteen more operas, including L'Amico Fritz, Guglielmo Ratcliff, Iris, Parisina, and Il Piccolo Marat.

With privileged access to extensive primary sources, including Mascagni's 4,200 letters to Anna Lolli, his mistress for more than three decades, author Alan Mallach provides a compelling portrait of a flamboyant, combative, and emotional man who was passionately devoted to the Italian opera tradition and committed to innovation in musical language and dramatic form.

Deftly combining serious biography with critical commentary, Mallach begins with the captivating story of Mascagni's rags-to-riches adventure, from his birth in Livorno in Tuscany, to his musical studies first with Alfredo Soffredini and later at the Milan Conservatory, to his years as a vagabond musician, to the worldwide success of his breakthrough opera. He then traces Mascagni's private and professional life after Cavalleria, examining a prolific yet controversial career that was forever overshadowed by the work that unexpectedly thrust him into the limelight.

Mallach provides a full analysis of Mascagni's oeuvre and discusses his complex relationships with such Italian cultural and political figures as Edoardo Sonzogno, Giacomo Puccini, Gabriele D'Annunzio, Luigi Illica, and Benito Mussolini. He also thoroughly chronicles Mascagni's bouts with manic depression, his marriage to Lina and devotion to their three children, his grueling schedule of concert and operatic tours, his patriotism and bitter opposition to Italy's involvement in both world wars, and his passionate love affair with Anna Lolli.

This richly textured biography will appeal to fans of the still beloved and popular Cavalleria, and it will introduce opera enthusiasts to the power, intensity, and melodic beauty of the brilliant composer's many other significant works.
The first in-depth biography of Pietro Mascagni, who composed Cavalleria Rusticana, one of the most beloved and popular operas ever written.

Book News
This biography charts the course of Pietro Mascagni's life and career as an influential figure in Italian opera during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Beginning with his birth in Tuscany, Mallach (pianist, composer and independent scholar) discusses Mascagni's years as a vagabond musician and the worldwide success of his breakthrough, his ensuing private and professional life, his controversial career, his work, and his complex relationships with Italian cultural and political figures. He also documents his bouts with manic depression and other aspects of his personal life such as his devotion to his three children, his taxing schedule of concerts and tours, his patriotism and bitter opposition to Italy's involvement in both world wars, and his love affair with Anna Lolli. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Blackwell North Amer
This biography of Mascagni charts the course of his intriguing life and career. With privileged access to Mascagni's 4,200 letters to Anna Lolli, his mistress for more than three decades, Alan Mallach provides a compelling portrait of a flamboyant, combative and emotional man who was passionately devoted to the Italian opera tradition and committed to innovation in musical language and dramatic form.
Combining serious biography with critical commentary, Mallach begins with the captivating story of Mascagni's rags-to-riches adventure, from his birth in Livorno in Tuscany, to his years as a vagabond musician, to the worldwide success of his breakthrough opera. He then traces Mascagni's private and professional life after Cavalleria, examining a prolific yet controversial career that was forever overshadowed by the work that had unexpectedly thrust him into the limelight. Mallach provides a full analysis of Mascagni's oeuvre and discusses his complex relationships with such Italian cultural and political figures as Edoardo Sonzogno, Giacomo Puccini, Gabriele D'Annunzio, Luigi Illica, and Benito Mussolini. He also thoroughly chronicles Mascagni's bouts with manic depression, his marriage to Lina and devotion to their three children, his grueling schedule of concert and operatic tours, his patriotism and bitter opposition to Italy's involvement in both world wars, and his passionate love affair with Anna Lolli.

Publisher: Boston : Northeastern University Press, [2002]
Copyright Date: ©2002
ISBN: 9781555535247
1555535240
Branch Call Number: 782.1 MASCA MALLA
Characteristics: xvi, 378 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm

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