By Dennis Shrock
Choral Scores is an anthology of tune exemplifying specific choral repertoire through the main noteworthy composers in the course of the historical past of Western tune. A significant other quantity to Denis Shrock's Choral Repertoire (Oxford 2009), it provides works of salient value to the improvement of choral song in Western tradition, representing the song of the composers, eras, and hobbies mentioned so much prominently in that quantity. together with 132 compositions by way of 124 assorted composers, each one offered unabridged and in complete rating, and spanning everything of Western track heritage, from the medieval period throughout the 20th century, and into the twenty-first, Choral Scores is the main thorough, and up to date number of choral tune to be had. entire with an appendix delivering literal translations of texts, in addition to composer and style indices, Choral Scores is a vital reference for choral students, lecturers, and scholars alike.
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It does not matter that the girl’s actions toward Timur are loving and deferential. What matters is that she saved him from 3. The Dramatic Inﬂuences of Wagner and the Conclusion of the Rose Cycle 37 death, “dried his tears” (his words), acts as his eyes, provides his food, and leads him wherever she decides he should go. She calls herself a slave, but what is he? What is he, who was once a king, and who is now utterly dependent on a young, female slave? It is almost as though they were mother and child, in a continuation of the couple from La Rondine.
They have been shouting the wrong name. ” As obvious as these borrowings are, I believe that in Puccini’s mind they were irrelevant. He probably dismissed the criticisms as untrue, because he wasn’t thinking about Verdi and Strauss, he was thinking about Wagner, and about his own earlier operas. Puccini was sensitive to accusations that he repeated himself, and yet there is a great 28 PART ONE deal of recycling in La Rondine. Numerous incidents appear to have been brought in from Manon Lescaut and La Bohème, and there is even a small but signiﬁcant bit from Le Villi.
From the rise of the curtain on Act Two, through the conclusion of the opera, Puccini will be incorporating into La Rondine the Parsifal scenes of Parsifal’s encounter with the Flower Maidens, the Initiating Kiss of Kundry, and the Redemption of the Sinner. Now, earlier in this chapter I stated it was the heroines of Puccini’s last two full-length operas who were modeled on the character of Parsifal, yet here I am saying that in La Rondine it is Ruggero who enacts the role of Parsifal. To clarify what is admittedly a confusing situation, initially Ruggero and Magda respectively enact the roles of Parsifal and Kundry — the innocent boy and the beautiful temptress who leads him into sin.
Choral Scores by Dennis Shrock