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Original Articles (8 documents)
||Le Maschere - CD Review
By Yonel Buldrini
Yonel Buldrini reviews with enthusiasm the recent release of a 2-CD set of
Le Maschere published on label Kicco, from a performance recorded live in
Livorno in 2001.
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||The Unjustly Neglected Works of Pietro Mascagni
By William Schoell
William Schoell offers in this article a survey of Mascagni's operatic output, from
Cavalleria Rusticana to Nerone, highlighting Mascagni's taste for
Added August 8, 2004 - 1639 words
||Pietro Mascagni between Vistilia and Nerone
By Roberto Bianchini
Rassegna Musicale Curci, anno LI n. 1 - gennaio 1998, January 1998
Roberto Bianchini's article discusses the relationship between Vistilia
and Nerone, the two operas of Roman background on which Mascagni worked
over decades. The former never saw the light of day (although the libretto was
published in 1900), and the latter premiered in 1935.
Upon listening to Nerone and learning that Mascagni "reused" music
written decades earlier, many have been wondering what music was actually reused
and what music was composed specifically for Nerone. This article offers some
good answers. The article is available in English translation as well as in
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||Zandonai: Mascagni's "Student"
By Konrad Dryden
Konrad Dryden tackles the relationship between Mascagni and Riccardo Zandonai,
the composer of the superb Francesca da Rimini.
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||Mascagni in San Francisco
By Erik Bruchez
After introducing the difficult beginning of Mascagni's first and only North
American tour in 1902-1903, Erik Bruchez retraces the successes that marked
Mascagni's stay in San Francisco in early 1903.
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||Alan Mallach's Pietro Mascagni and His Operas
By Roger Flury
Roger Flury reviews Alan Mallach's new biography, Pietro Mascagni and His
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||Poetry and Music: Pietro Mascagni's Parisina
By Alessandro Rizzacasa
Tetraktýs, September 2000
The author begins with a review of the CD from the performance of
Parisina that took place in Montpellier in July 1999. He follows with
considerations about the opera, discussing in particular the criticisms that
have historically been directed at the work. He concludes with comments about
the unfortunate attitude some critics have today when writing about opera.
The article is available in English translation as well as in original
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||On the Genesis of Cavalleria Rusticana
By Maria Nockin
Maria Nockin recounts the major events of Mascagni's life up to the composition
and premiere of Cavalleria Rusticana.
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Other Texts (5 documents)
||Regina della Scala
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By Fausto Maria Martini
This poem was published in 1915, year of the premiere of the film Rapsodia
Satanica for which Mascagni composed music.
There are clues that suggest that a page of text may be missing in the original
booklet. On the other hand, a version of the poem republished in a later
anthology does not contain additional text, but adds a colon where the page was
suspected to be missing. A reference to a footnote marks the point where text
may be missing.
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||Viola Allen in Hall Caine's New Play - The Eternal City
Added May 13, 2003 - 3554 words
By François Coppée
By Giovanni Verga
This short story by Giovanni Verga is the source for Mascagni's famous opera. It
was first published in Fanfulla della domenica of March 14, 1880, and
then in the collection Vita dei Campi in August 1880 (ed. Treves,
Historical Articles (17 documents)
||Pietro Mascagni - A Tragic Figure?
By Dr. Waldemar Schweisheimer
The Etude Magazine, April 1946
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||Pietro Mascagni Dies in Rome At Age of 81
Musical America, August 1945
This obituary was published in August 1945, very shortly after Mascagni died.
The article contains lots of errors and imprecisions and is presented here as a
document. Do not rely too much on the information presented in this article.
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Time Magazine, August 13, 1945
This obituary was published in Time Magazine a little over a week after
Mascagni's passing. It is hard to imagine a more misinformed piece, which
borders on hatred for the composer and his pre- and post-Cavalleria
The article was written at a difficult time, and the focus of the author on
Fascism may be understandable, but it is extremely reductive. Mascagni's
relationship with the Fascist regime is today better understood, thanks in
particular to Alan Mallach's biography, which makes it clear that Mascagni was
no Fascist activist, and that his support for the regime was mostly ornamental.
This article is published here to illustrate the extremes that Mascagni's
critics have too often reached. The footnotes are Mascagni.org's.
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||Pietro Mascagni è morto
Il Tirreno, August 3, 1945
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Time Magazine, September 6, 1926
This article was published in the Time Magazine of September 6, 1926. The author
is unknown. The article contains its share of typos and inexactitudes - don't
rely on it for facts about how Mascagni got to write Cavalleria
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||Come è nata Parisina
By Pietro Mascagni
La Lettura, January 1914
This article was written by Mascagni in late 1913 and published in La
Lettura in January 1914.
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||Mascagni's New Opera, Parisina
By Emil Thieben
Musik Zeitung, 1913
In this article from 1913, Emil Thieben describes the high anticipation
generated in Italy by Mascagni's latest opera, Parisina. After a detailed
synopsis of the plot, he gives his impression of the premiere of the opera,
mainly from a musical standpoint.
The article is available in English translation as well as in original German.
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||Opera Makers of To-day
By Giacomo Minkowsky
Munsey's Magazine, 1903
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||Le avventure di Mascagni in America. Il giro trionfale della Duse negli Stati Uniti.
By Carlo Paladini
L'Illustrazione Italiana, March 1, 1903
This article was published in L'Illustrazione Italiana of March 1, 1903.
The author, Carlo Paladini, tells of how he met by chance at a Florence
restaurant Mr. Joseph Smith, a manager involved with Mascagni's arrest during
his US tour, and also manager of Eleonora Duse. Follows a fairly unstructured
conversation where the author tries to obtain useful information from a fairly
secretive and defensive Mr. Smith. The article features a photograph of
Mascagni, his wife, and Mr. Smith aboard the Philadelphia on the way to
the United States.
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||Le sfortune di Mascagni in America
La Domenica del Corriere, December 21, 1902
Added April 1, 2003 - 216 words
||Corriere della settimana
Corriere Illustrato della Domenica, November 23, 1902
Added April 1, 2003 - 328 words
||Mascagni in America
By Henry T. Finck
The Independent, October 30, 1902
Henry T. Finck wrote this article at the beginning of Mascagni's 1902-1903
American tour. Most of his facts are correct, and his desire to see Guglielmo
Ratcliff performed is quite justified. However his appreciation of Zanetto and
Iris is misguided and typical of a misunderstanding of Mascagni's operatic
output, which consists in expecting his other operas to sound like Cavalleria
Rusticana. This attitude unfortunately persists today.
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||The Legacy of the Century
By Pietro Mascagni
Century Library of Music 16 Cosmopolitan, 1901
This article was originally published as Il testamento del secolo: Evoluzione
della Musica., Cronaca Musicale, Milan, 15 March, 1900, as an address given at
the Teatro Goldoni in Venice.
The English edition presented here was published in The Century Library of
Music 16: 517-540. New York, 1901, and later in the International Library of
Music for Home and Studio, vol. 2. New York: The University Society, 1925. Pages
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||Mascagni And His New Opera
By Alma Dalma
This article was published in 1897 and contains some imprecisions, in
particular in the synopsis of "Iris". It is presented here as a document. Do
not rely too much on the information presented in this article.
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||Pietro Mascagni, the Author of the Cavalleria Rusticana
By Ashton R. Willard
New England Magazine, Volume VIII, March 1893 - August, 1893, 1893
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||"Die Rantzau", Oper von Pietro Mascagni
By K. v. Mittelstädt
Deutsche Illustrierte Zeitung, No. 27, 1893
This article was published in an 1893 issue of the Deutsche
Illustrierte Zeitung (German Illustrated Newspaper).
The beginning of the article is missing, but probably amounts to
a few paragraphs at most. The actual title of the article is
The author starts by explaining the reasons of the success of
I Rantzau in Berlin, a success not simply explained by
the musical quality of the work. He then talks about the speed
at which Cavalleria spread through Europe, making
Mascagni suddenly famous and rich. He mentions Mascagni's life
before Cavalleria and the composition of the opera with
the collaboration or his librettists. He moves on to I
Rantzau. He mentions the origin of the libretto and
summarizes the plot. Although according to him the musical
treatment does not appear as fitting as in Cavalleria
Rusticana, the opera does not lack memorable pieces.
Finally, he praises the German premiere of I Rantzau
that took place in Berlin on February 25, 1893.
The article is illustrated with a full-page (27.8 x 37.4 cm)
engraving showing scenes from I Rantzau (see the original document). The
engraving is entitled "Die Rantzau", Oper von Pietro
Mascagni. Originalzeichnung von Alb. Wirth. ("The
Rantzau", opera of Pietro Mascagni. Original drawing by Alb.
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||Mascagni's I Rantzau
This article was probably published around the fall of 1892 after the Rome
performances of I Rantzau. The author's name and exact date of publication are
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