An investigation of the creation of drama in recitative through comparative analysis: La Serva Padrona set by Pergolesi (1733) and Paisiello (1781)
The subtlety of eighteenth-century opera recitative, especially recitativo semplice, may escape most twenty-first century listeners and performers. Composers in late seventeenth-century Italy conceived of recitative as a music style that was flexible enough to accommodate the quick changes in characters' emotions and intents that the text of a continuously unfolding drama required. Essential elements of the style included preservation of the natural rhythm of speech and the free use of...[Show more]
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