KASS Music Gem of the Day: History of Italian Opera, Beginnings, Pt 2

Lindsay Perigo's picture
Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2010-06-28 01:43

More Monteverdi:


Linz

Rosie's picture

Yes, OK. Amongst all the other blog entries. I was hoping for Music Only, alphabetical order etc but that will suffice! LOL

Rosie

Lindsay Perigo's picture

It's already there at your fingertips. All you need do is click on my name, then on Recent Blog Entries. All the KASS Music Gems are there.

Thanks, Hubbard!

Lindsay Perigo's picture

A little note like yours makes all the difference. Truly! Thank you!

I don't say much on the music

Mark Hubbard's picture

I don't say much on the music threads Linz, but am enjoying the Italian opera series. (I don't say much because I don't know much when it comes to music, I just either enjoy a piece or not).

Linz

Rosie's picture

Sounds like a very good plan.

I have mentioned it before but is it possible to create some kind of content structure to your website? My natural sense of trying to make order out of disorder craves for all the wonderful music that you have on SOLO to be able to be accessed by casting my eye over what you have (from a list) rather than knowing what I want to listen to and doing a search. That would allow me to browse and listen to pieces that I don't know as opposed to searching for composers and pieces that I already know. Would you and others benefit from this, do you think? I am not sure about the other subjects - they never usually stay on point anyway!! So, if only for the music. What do you think?

Rosie

Lindsay Perigo's picture

I'll continue the series, since I know you at least will be following it. I think I'll intersperse it with other gems though. I'll leave Freddy in blue for another day and post Pt 3 tomorrow. Sound like a plan?

Fantastic!

Rosie's picture

Finally got to hear this from beginning to end without interruption.

Absolutely great - better than Part 1. And what a perfect example is given of opera being more expressive than the spoken word in the love song between Poppaea and Nero. All that musical symbolism - and ending on the same note to illustrate their unity. Wonderful!!!!

This opera is probably the only nice thing ever written about Nero!! (The first persecutor of Christians.)

I read a bit about Poppaea just now. Both Nero and Poppaea were already married to other people when they fell in love. Nero exiled his wife, Octavia, then had her returned because of public protest to his treatment of her. So he had her executed! This occurred when Poppaea was already pregnant. However, even the greatest loves don't last longer than a couple of years! Nero (having killed his mother) was also reported to have kicked Poppaea to death in 65 before she could have his second child. To be fair this has been questioned because there were no eye witnesses! He then married his mistress - but only after her husband was required to commit suicide so he could do so!

Roman history! Never a dull moment.

I think it is definitely worth continuing the series although I can follow it on youtube independently. It is great. Thank you.

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