Music Appreciation, Class #9. Rossini, Schubert, Berlioz, Mendelssohn & Review for Test #2. Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868). Signor Crescendo*. Enormous orchestral scoring Bel Canto vocal lines Florid, ornamental Success! Fame! Money! Early retirement!. Career. 39 operas
Review for Test #2
Original source: “The Lady Of The Lake”
…a young vibrant musician, afflicted by a wave of passions, sees for the first time a woman who unites all the charms of the ideal person his imagination was dreaming of, and falls desperately in love with her. By a strange anomaly, the beloved image never presents itself to the artist’s mind without being associated with idée fixe.
The artist finds himself in the most diverse situations in life, in the tumult of a festive party, in the peaceful contemplation of the beautiful sights of nature, yet everywhere, whether in town or in the countryside, the beloved image keeps haunting him and throws his spirit into confusion.
“Madame Hensel was an unforgettable musician, an excellent pianist, an
intellectually superior woman.
She was small, almost slight, but the fire that burned in her eyes
revealed extraordinary energy.
As a composer, she was exceptionally gifted ...”
Week 10: Thursday, November 12, 2008