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Subject: Re: Shakespeare and opera - Rossini's "Otello"
From: donald kane <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:donald kane <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Thu, 22 Dec 2016 17:13:49 -0500
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The intermissions, in those days, were some times more enthralling than the
opera itself, or its performance.

dtmk

On Thu, Dec 22, 2016 at 4:29 PM, Max D. Winter <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Years ago, Will Crutchfield did a fascinating matinee broadcast
> intermission talk (which I
> taped) comparing Rossini's and Verdi's Otellos, and demonstrating with
> musical examples just
> how much Verdi's opera was inspired by Rossini's.  Crutchfield pointed out
> that Verdi's famous
> statement, while composing "Otello," about "wrestling with a giant,"
> probably referred to
> Rossini's earlier opera, which Verdi venerated, and not to Shakespeare's
> original play, as is
> usually supposed.
>
> Other than Boris Goldovsky, I don't think any matinee broadcast
> commentator did more
> insightful and informative analyses of operas than Crutchfield.  Alas,
> Gelb obviously regards
> such talks as too far over the heads of today's broadcast listeners,
> because we no longer have
> them.  The sad thing is, Gelb may be right in his assessment.
>
> MDW
>
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