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Subject: Re: Interpolated notes
From: donald kane <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:donald kane <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Sun, 24 Sep 2017 13:27:27 -0400
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"Enough said" department:  this is compact, amusing, and informative;
thank you.

As for the AIDA interpolation, once heard, a performance that doesn't
include it, is doomed.

dtmk.

On Sun, Sep 24, 2017 at 1:44 AM, R PRADA <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Turns out that in Mozart, fermatas are invitations to add decorations. For
> a long time some imagined idea of purity made people afraid to add cadenzas
> and little turns, but an expert such as Boris Goldovsky absolutely expected
> cadenzas and decorations.
>
> During the time of Mahler there was a trend towards excessive decoration,
> and Mahler wrote a cannon, known as The Mahler reform, trying to make a
> unified aesthetic. Later someone or other erased all decoration.
> The great Henry Pleasants agreed with Goldovsky and had a recording of
> Come Scoglio with ornaments and cadenzas arranged by Goldovsky that he
> played every summer for a course in Salzburg for American singers.
> At a certain point there was an effusive use in ornament in Donizetti and
> Bellini, even Rossini.
> Based on this Maestro Ricci wrote a books of cadenzas for every voice
> type. He was also an expert on Puccini performance style, having worked at
> the composer's side.
> Estelle Liebling also wrote cadenzas.
> Before this everyone has his own cadenzas.
> GB Faure has an amusing anecdote about Battistini and his favorite cadenza.
>
> I am about to crash, but I will locate the Faure story as it is quite
> sweet.
>
> From what I have read the audiences wanted novelty and some of those high
> notes would have served to inject a note of excitement.
>
> Of course if everyone does the same interpolation, it becomes tradition.
> That is ho-hum, to some at least.
>
> I'm not sure but I think Rossini may have been the first composer to write
> out cadenzas. That would have been to keep singers from going totally off
> the reservation, and distorting the form of arias by carrying on too long.
>
> RP
>
>
> Sent from my iPhone
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