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"Largo al factotum" from Gioachino Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia: A Study in Ornamentation and Performance Practice

Abstract From the time it was written, the aria "Largo al factotum" from Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia has been performed and ornamented in many different ways. The present study is an inventory and analysis of ornaments sung in 33 recordings from 1900 to 2011 and the major differences that they exhibit one from another. The singers in this study are baritones with international careers, who have performed the role of Figaro either at the Metropolitan Opera (New York) or at La Scala (Milan). The study identifies and tracks some of the changes in the ornamentation of the aria by noting common traits and new approaches across the one hundred eleven years of practice illustrated by the recordings.
Created Date 2014
Contributor Briggs, Andrew Nathan (Author) / Mills, Robert (Advisor) / Oldani, Robert (Advisor) / Mills, Robert (Committee member) / Oldani, Robert (Committee member) / Dreyfoos, Dale (Committee member) / Fitzpatrick, Carole (Committee member) / Ryan, Russell (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Music / Performing arts / bel canto / largo al factotum / Ornamentation / ornaments / Performance Practice / The Barber of Seville
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 51 pages
Language English
Reuse Permissions All Rights Reserved
Note D.M.A. Music 2014
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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Description A Spreadsheet of the Artists and Ornaments Analyzed in Largo al factotum
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Description March 6 2014 Andrew Briggs Lecture Recital Presentation