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Subject: Re: Puccini and Wagner
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Date:Sun, 13 Sep 2009 10:21:32 -0400
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he result of Puccini's visit to Bayreuth was that he actually
fashioned the first version of Die Meistersinger performed in Italy.
This entailed much more work than deciding the in and out points of
the cuts, but adjustments to Wagner's complicated counterpoint and
other elements of the orchestration. The source material for Puccini's
Meistersinger exists. The cuts are numerous and a reconstruction of
Puccini's version of the opera is possible to simulate. I did it for
fun several years ago using an uncut recording of Die Meistersinger
sung in Italian.

Another result of Puccini's visits to Bayreuth and his study of
Wagner's works was his assimilation of Wagner's compositional
techniques and one can hear that in various passages in Puccini's
operas.

Michael Kaye

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