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Otello(ii) (‘Othello’)locked

  • Roger Parker

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Dramma lirico in four acts by giuseppe Verdi to a libretto by arrigo Boito after william Shakespeare ’s play Othello, or The Moor of Venice; Milan, Teatro alla Scala, 5 February 1887.

As the 1870s progressed, Verdi seemed increasingly isolated from current trends in Italian music, in particular by the tendency of both public and composers to look outside Italy (to France and, later, even more to Germany) for new ideas and aesthetic attitudes. It is against this background that we should examine his reluctance to write new works after the Requiem of ...

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