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Wagner’s Parsifal

April 25th, 2011 by Ellen Hurley on Ellen Hurley's Blog · No Comments · Uncategorized

One thing I liked about this piece is how dramatic it was, causing the listener (me) to be able to almost feel the plot. It’s easy to tell it’s the backdrop to the last act of an opera, because of the tension and minor qualities in the music. The moaning in “Ach! Ach! Tiefe Nacht!” [...]

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Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier, Act I

by Valerie Chiang on Valerie Chiang: An Oberlin Blog · No Comments · Romantic Music History

I always imagine Strauss’s music to be playing in the background on the record player of a large gathering of upper-class people in early to mid-20th century Europe. And what I mean by Strauss’s music is his waltzes, as that’s the extent of my knowledge of what he composed.
I’m so so glad we listened to [...]

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Act I of Der Rosenkavalier

by Gabrielle Martinez on Gabrielle Martinez's Blog · No Comments · Uncategorized

When I read on the syllabus that we’d be reviewing Act I of Der Rosenkavalier for this week’s blog, I did a little happy dance on the inside. This opera is one of my absolute favorites. Simply put, it is just absolutely beautiful. It seems like Strauss knew exactly what he was doing when he [...]

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Wagner’s Parsifal, Act III

by Valerie Chiang on Valerie Chiang: An Oberlin Blog · No Comments · Romantic Music History

I was told earlier this year by a dear friend of mine that one cannot call him/herself a musician unless he or she loves Wagner. (He was very frank about it.) This statement saddened me a little, because, at least as of right now, I can’t really decide if I love Wagner’s music or not. [...]

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Verdi’s Don Carlos, Act IV

by Valerie Chiang on Valerie Chiang: An Oberlin Blog · No Comments · Romantic Music History

Don Carlos is Verdi’s lengthiest opera (full-length running time of approx. 4 hours) and is the only one of his operas made into a number of versions. It is a five-act opera based on the play “Don Carlos, Infant von Spanien” by playwright Friedrich Schiller. The plot is based on the life of Carlos, the [...]

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Rossini’s Guillaume Tell, Act II

by Valerie Chiang on Valerie Chiang: An Oberlin Blog · No Comments · Romantic Music History

Guillaume Tell, Rossini’s last opera, is probably most famous for its overture, part of which was featured on the popular radio and TV show The Lone Ranger. I know that I can’t help but think of a cowboy galloping away in the wild west when I hear the words “William” and “Tell” uttered in the [...]

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Rossini’s La Cenerentola – Act I

by Ellen Hurley on Ellen Hurley's Blog · No Comments · Uncategorized

I really enjoyed this opera, La Cenerentola, by Rossini. It sounded very traditional in melodic/harmonic structure, form, and style. In fact to me it sounded a bit Classical…so maybe it was in the earlier part of the Romantic Era. Probably one reason I enjoyed this opera was because I could easily follow the [...]

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Rossini’s “La Cenerentola”

by Halle Davis on Halle Davis's Blog · No Comments · Uncategorized

I thought it was quite interesting to discover that overtures were Rossini’s least favorite genre as they tend to be what he is most popular for. Out of the sections of the first act of the opera that I listened to, it is definitely what stood out the most to me, but perhaps that’s just [...]

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Rossini’s La Cenerentola

by Valerie Chiang on Valerie Chiang: An Oberlin Blog · No Comments · Romantic Music History

La Cenerentola is basically the Italian operatic version of the fairy-tale Cinderella. A few characters were replaced by libretto writer Jacopo Ferretti: the evil step-mother becomes the evil step-father Don Magnifico, and instead of a plump fairy godmother, we have Alidoro, a philosopher who is also Price Charming’s tutor.
Little did I know before I started [...]

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