Il Trittico, Turandot, and Puccini's Late Style

Il Trittico, Turandot, and Puccini's Late Style

Andrew Davis
Distribution: World
Publication date: 09/09/2010
ISBN: 978-0-253-00472-7
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Giacomo Puccini is one of the most frequently performed and best loved of all operatic composers. In Il Trittico, Turandot, and Puccini's Late Style, Andrew Davis takes on the subject of Puccini's last two works to better understand how the composer creates meaning through the juxtaposition of the conventional and the unfamiliar—situating Puccini in past operatic traditions and modern European musical theater. Davis asserts that hearing Puccini’s late works within the context of la solita forma allows listeners to interpret the composer’s expressive strategies. He examines Puccini’s compositional language, with insightful analyses of melody, orchestration, harmony, voice-leading, and rhythm and meter.

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Andrew Davis is Associate Professor of Music Theory and Director of Graduate Studies at the University of Houston Moores School of Music.

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Table of Contents

Note on Scores, Librettos, and Translations

Introduction: Hearing Puccini
1. Stylistic Plurality, Narrative, Levels of Discourse, and Voice
2. The Romantic Style in Late Puccini
3. Expressive Uses of Convention in Il tabarro
4. Formal Multivalence in Suor Angelica
5. Humor and Filmic Effects in the Structure of Gianni Schicchi
6. Puccini's Solution: Integrating the Conventional and Unconventional
Epilogue: Late Style and Puccini