Pietro Mascagni7 dec 1863 (Livorno) - 2 aug 1945 (Rome)
|Alan Mallach Pietro Mascagni and His Operas|
Northeastern University Press, 2002; ISBN 1555535240; 378 pages
Pietro Mascagni (1863-1945) was a dazzling and influential figure in Italian opera during the late nineteenth- and early twentieth-centuries. Just twenty-six when the electrifying premiere of his Cavalleria Rusticana at the Teatro Costanzi in Rome catapulted the impoverished musician into sudden fame and fortune, Mascagni went on to write fifteen more operas, including L'Amico Fritz, Guglielmo Ratcliff, Iris, Parisina, and Il Piccolo Marat. As composer, conductor, teacher, lecturer, and writer, Mascagni was also intensely engaged in every aspect of Italian musical culture for over fifty years. This first in-depth and objective biography of Mascagni charts the course of his intriguing life and career. With privileged access to extensive primary sources, including Mascagni's 4,200 letters to Anna Lolli, his mistress for more than three decades, Alan Mallach provides a compelling portrait of a flamboyant, combative, and emotional man who was passionately devoted to the Italian opera tradition and committed to innovation in musical language and dramatic form. Deftly combining serious biography with critical commentary, Mallach begins with the captivating story of Mascagni's rags-to-riches adventure, from his birth in Livorno in Tuscany, to his musical studies first with Alfredo Soffredini and later at the Milan Conservatory, to his years as a vagabond musician, to the worldwide success of his breakthrough opera. He then traces Mascagni's private and professional life after Cavalleria, examining a prolific yet controversial career that was forever overshadowed by the work that unexpectedly thrust him into the limelight. Mallach provides a full analysis of Mascagni's oeuvre and discusses his complex relationships with such Italian cultural and political figures as Edoardo Sonzogno, Giacomo Puccini, Gabriele D'Annunzio, Luigi Illica, and Benito Mussolini. He also thoroughly chronicles Mascagni's bouts with manic depression, his marriage to Lina and devotion to their three children, his grueling schedule of concert and operatic tours, his patriotism and bitter opposition to Italy's involvement in both world wars, and his passionate love affair with Anna Lolli. This richly textured biography will appeal to fans of the still beloved and popular Cavalleria, and it will introduce opera enthusiasts to the power, intensity, and melodic beauty of the brilliant composer's many other significant works. Price indication: $ 35.00
|David Stivender Mascagni: An Autobiography Compiled, Edited and Translated from Original Sources|
John Deere Publishing, 1988; ISBN 0912483067; 388 pages Price indication: $ 34.75
|Roger Flury Pietro Mascagni: A Bio-Bibliography (Bio-Bibliographies in Music)|
Greenwood Press, 2000; ISBN 0313296626; 440 pages
Bringing together a vast amount of information on Pietro Mascagni and his works, this volume in the Greenwood Press series Bio-Bibliographies in Music includes a catalogue of the composer's works and performances, bibliography, discography, and brief biographical sketch. Mascagni is best known for Cavalleria Rusticana, but he wrote fifteen other stage works and over 100 other compositions, including sacred music, songs and film scores. Overshadowed by his contemporary Puccini and tainted by association with the fascist regime of Mussolini, Mascagni is both a famous and neglected opera composer. This volume charts the decline in performances of Mascagni's operas other than Cavalleria Rusticana and reveals a growing interest in and changing attitude toward the composer. The discography includes more than 2,500 recordings, and the annotated bibliography includes 361 titles. Price indication: $ 115.95
|Mario Pasi Mascagni|
Elite Pub Corp, 1989; ISBN 0918367301; 48 pages Price indication: $ 4.59
|No author La scienza illuminata: Paolo Mascagni nel suo tempo, 1755-1815|
Nuova immagine, 1996; ISBN 8871451279; 254 pages; in Italian Price indication: $ 108.55
Symphony No. 8 in B minor "Unfinished"
Beethoven, L. van
Piano Sonata No. 17 "Sturm-Sonate"
10 Menuets for piano
Symphony no. 4 in E flat "Romantic"
Vienna Symphonic Orchestra