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  1. Discovering Opera via Timeline #2 - Adriano Banchieri's "La Pazzia Senile" (1598)

    One more proto-opera before I get to the real thing. “La Pazzia Senile” by Adriano Banchieri is another notable madrigal comedy. It precedes what may be the first true opera, Peri’s “Euridice” by two years.
    A brief “plot” summary will show at least a superficial relationship with Vecchi’s “L’Amfiparnaso”, again using elements of the Commedia dell’arte. Once more, Pantalone moons over a woman of dubious repute (this time Lauretta instead of Hortensia). He also again has a daughter (Doralice
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  2. Listening to Elgar, Episode Two

    Written during the same calendar year as “The Language of Flowers”, but after he turned fifteen, Elgar’s “Chantant” is a piano piece composed in the basic form of a Mazurka.

    And, though “Mazurka” may suggest something Chopinesque, to my ears there is something a little more Schumannesque going on here. All I can say is that Schumann, even in his younger years, would probably have shortened this piece considerably. Clocking in at just over five minutes in length in the version
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  3. Listening to Elgar, Episode One

    I'm going to try to share my observations on Elgar's music as I make an attempt to listen to as much of it as I can in chronological order, starting with his earliest known composition....

    In the TV adaptation of P G Wodehouse’s story “Jeeves and the Song of Songs”, Bertie Wooster’s friend Tuppy thinks he’s fallen in love with Cora Bellinger, a noted soprano. We are first given a glimpse of the somewhat unprepossessing La Bellinger as she sings to piano accompaniment in
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