What? 18 posts and no mention of Puccini? Now while I'm not in general a Puccini fan (preferring R.Strauss among contemporaneous opera composers), even I would admit that Puccini wrote some of the most stunningly beautiful melodies. My all-time favorite Puccini aria is Che gelida manina from La Boheme and my all-time favorite single Puccini melodic phrase in that aria is the vast arch that makes up
Talor dal mio forziere
ruban tutti i gioelli
due ladri, gli occhi belli.
It's a melodic turn that is far superior to the specific words it is supposed to be expressing, which is often my problem with this composer.
PS on listening to Boheme just now (as reported in that string). My favorite phrase comes back during the following love duet but it is not nearly as effective as a melody as it was on its first appearance. I think it's because it lacks the upbeat (Ta-lor) and just comes in on the high note, which evokes a certain crassness the phrase didn't have the first time around. [Unfortunately typical of Puccini, this crassness (e.g. Tosca).] Funny the difference one note can make!
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on Mon Aug 09, 2010 2:07 pm, edited 2 times in total.