Pietro Mascagni

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Mascagni, Pietro

(pyā`trō mäskä`nyē), 1863–1945, Italian operatic composer. He is known for his opera Cavalleria rusticana (1890), based on the tale by Giovanni VergaVerga, Giovanni
, 1840–1922, Italian novelist, b. Sicily. He abandoned the study of law for literature and wrote several novels of passion in the style of the French realists. His later works, written in a different style, are marked by simplicity and strict accuracy.
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; it is a classic example of the style of realism known as verismo. His other operas were less successful.

Mascagni, Pietro


Born Dec. 7, 1863, in Leghorn; died Aug. 2, 1945, in Rome. Italian composer.

Mascagni studied at the Milan Conservatory under A. Ponchielli and M. Saladino. In 1885 he began conducting at opera and operetta theaters. From 1895 to 1902 he was the director of the Pesaro Conservatory. Mascagni gained worldwide fame with his opera Cavalleria Rusticana (Rustic Chivalry, 1890, Costanzi Theater, Rome), which was based on a play by G. Verga. This work and Leoncavallo’s opera Pagliacci initiated a new direction in opera—the Italian school of verismo, or realism. Mascagni wrote the operas Iris (1898, Rome), Parisina (1913, Milan), and II piccolo Marat (1921, Rome). He also composed operettas, orchestral works, and music for films.


Pompei, E. P. Mascagni nella vita e nell’arte. Rome, 1912.
Cellamare, D. Mascagni … Rome, 1941.
Anselmi, A. Pietro Mascagni. Milan, 1959.


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Dwi eisoes wedi dweud, ar goedd, mai fy hoff ddarn clasurol ydi'r 'Intermezzo' o Cavalleria Rusticana, yr Opera Un Act, gan Pietro Mascagni, ond fedraf i yn fy myw ac egluro pam, dim ond dweud fod pob nodyn yn treiddio i gorneli fy nghyfansoddiad ac weithiau yn fy symud i ddagrau.
Sollini's characterization of the latter as possessing an "almost deafening resonance" receives confirmation in his recent recording (Music for Piano, Bongiovanni GB 5100-2 [1999], CD) of all six brief works in this volume (along with pieces by Pietro Mascagni and Umberto Giordano).
En los proximos meses Lombana se propone montar Cavalleria rusticana, del italiano Pietro Mascagni, en las ciudades sinaloenses de Culiacan, Guasave, Los Mochis y Mazatlan: --Usare unicamente escenarios al aire libre, como plazas y atrios de iglesias: asi me propongo atraer a los transeuntes y hacerles ver que, contra el cliche en circulacion, el bel canto no es solo para entendidos.
The first item, "Ave Maria," for instance, is the familiar Biblical "Hail Mary" set to the popular instrumental intermezzo by Pietro Mascagni from Cavalleria Rusticana.
The Italian composer Pietro Mascagni used this material as the basis for his one-act opera (1890) of the same name.
After Verga's return to Sicily (1879) appeared two collections of short stories: Vita dei campi (1880) and Novelle rusticane (1883), the former containing the novella Cavalleria rusticana, which Pietro Mascagni reworked as an opera (1890).
Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci' is an opera in one act by Pietro Mascagni to an Italian libretto by Giovanni Targioni-Tozzetti and Guido Menasci, adapted from a play and short story written by Giovanni Verga.
Cavalleria rusticana (Caballerosidad rustica), de 1890, es la primera opera de Pietro Mascagni (1863-1945) y debe su genesis al concurso de composicion operistica en un acto que convoco en 1889 el editor Sonzogno.
This consultation aims to build the decor opera "Cavalleria Rusticana" by Pietro Mascagni and "I Pagliacci" by Ruggero Leoncavallo, with sets and staging Yannis Kokkos for the Theatre du Capitole in Toulouse (France).
Su primera grabacion, El amigo Fritz, de Pietro Mascagni, confirmo la aparicion de un tenor lirico que conmovia por la fluidez, la hermosura y la elegancia de su voz, al grado de que varios especialistas hablaron de la reconciliacion de la opera con el belcanto, expresion esta que mas alla de una aparente redundancia suponia entender que el arte lirico sobre todo italiano impone por un connatural acto de seduccion.
INTERMEZZO from CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA (1889) by Pietro Mascagni (1863-1945) Another orchestral interlude from an opera.
Within a few years he produced his masterpieces: the short stories of Vita dei campi (1880; "Life in the Fields") and Novelle rusticane (1883; Little Novels of Sicily), the great novels I Malavoglia (1881; House by the Medlar Tree, The) and MASTRO-DON GESUALDO (1889), and Cavalleria rusticana (1884; "Rustic Chivalry"), a play rewritten from a short story, which became immensely popular as the basis for an opera (1890) by Pietro Mascagni.