Tosca's Prism: Three Moments of Western Cultural History

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Deborah Burton, Susan Vandiver Nicassio, Agostino Ziino
UPNE, 2004 - History - 326 pages
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Giacomo Puccini's Tosca, which premiered in Rome in 1900, is one of the most popular operas in the repertory. Based on Victorien Sardou's play La Tosca, the enduring tale of love, lust, jealousy, and politics takes place in the specific setting and time of the Eternal City in June 1800, and draws on the historical events following the fall of the Roman republic. This extraordinary collection provides multidimensional images of each period from a wide range of perspectives.
  

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Contents

The Napoleonic Legacy in Italy
3
The Life and Times of Domenico Puccini
19
The Protagonists and the Principal Phases of
67
From One Tosca to Another
85
Victorien Sardou and the Legend of Marengo
94
The Two Toscas
114
Musical and Literary Imagery
121
The Political and Cultural Worlds of Puccinis
135
Guide Themes and Reminiscences in Puccinis Tosca
167
Puccinis Music in the Italian Theoretical Literature of
221
The Eternal Politics of Tosca
249
Bivalent Harmony and Vocal Calculations
264
A Discussion among
281
A Comparative Overview of the Structures
297
About the Contributors
311
Index
317

Tosca Act II and the Secret Identity of F
147

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