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. In this extraordinary collection, distinguished musicologists, historians, theater professionals, and luminaries of the operatic stage reflect on three diverse moments of European history - 1800, 1900, 2000 - through the refracting prism of Puccini's Tosca, providing 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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About the author (2004)

Simonetta Puccini was born Simonetta Giurumello in Pisa, Italy on June 2, 1928. She received a degree in literature from the University of Milan and became a teacher, but she left that profession in 1973. She went to court to prove that she was a descendant of Giacomo Puccini through his son Antonio. The Court of Cassation ruled in her favor which entitled her to take the name Puccini and gave her a share of the Puccini estate. In 1979, she and several others founded the Institute for Puccini Studies to promote research about him and help maintain his archive. In 1996, she created Friends of the Homes of Giacomo Puccini, a nonprofit organization that raised money to restore and maintain his lakeside villa in Torre del Lago and the museum there. She also established the Simonetta Puccini Foundation to promote scholarship and other causes. She edited two volumes of Puccini's letters and with William Weaver, edited The Puccini Companion: Essays on Puccini's Life and Music. She died on December 16, 2017 at the age of 89.

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