• Jean Baptiste Lully Louis Xiv
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    Giovanni Battista Lulli was born on November 28, 1632. His father, Lorenzo di Mal do, was a miller and his mother, Caterina del Sera, was a miller's daughter. Lully was born in Florence, Italy and lived there until age 11. While in Italy he studied dance and music; he played violin and guitar. In March of 1646 he moved to France to tutor Mlle de Montpensier in Italian. There he studied composition and harpsichord. Lully was able to hear the King's grande band perform, witness balls where the be...
  • Handel And The Politics Of The Messiah
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    Handel, George Frideric b. Feb. 23, 1685, Halle, Saxony [Germany] d. April 14, 1759, London, Eng. German (UNTIL 1715) GEORG FRIEDRICH HANDEL, OR HANDEL German-born English composer of the late Baroque era, noted particularly for his operas, oratorios, and instrumental compositions. He wrote the most famous of all oratorios, the Messiah (1741), and is also known for such occasional pieces as Water Music (1717) and Music for the Royal Fireworks (1749). Life. The son of a barber-surgeon, Handel sh...
  • Italian Opera Vs French Opera
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    According to R. Wagner opera does not mean so much a musical work, as a musical, poetical, and spectacular work all at once; opera is the work par excellence, to the production of which all the arts are necessary (Sutherland, 1). " Opera starts not with music but with its literary source (story or plot), whether it be history, biography, fiction, or mythology in the form of poem, play, drama, novel, or original libretto" (Knapp 6). Opera is a combination of mangled drama, the singers, the music ...
  • Opera Operas Music Wagner
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    Imagine you are in a darkened theater and on stage are the actors. Behind the actors you can see the scenery. Down in front of the stage, in what is called the pit, is an orchestra and a conductor. As the orchestra plays, the actors on stage do not speak their lines they sing them! Opera is the combination of drama and music. Like drama, opera embraces the entire spectrum of theatrical elements: dialogue, acting, costumes, scenery and action, but it is the sum of all these elements, combined wit...
  • Baroque And Classical Music
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    Part 1: Music of the Late Baroque (1700-1750) Italian opera was composed all over Europe. Metastasis was a famous librettist who supplied Italian opera stories to composers of the late baroque and classic periods. Two of Handel's best-known Italian operas are Giulio Cesare and Rode linda. The Italian city to the south of Rome that became the trend-setting center of opera was Naples. Two famous composers that worked there were Leonardo Vinci and Leonardo Leo. When Handel came to Italy he worked ...