La Battaglia di Legnano

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Giuseppe Verdi

Giuseppe Verdi (arr. Kalischnig)

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General Info

Year: 1849 / 1986
Duration: c. 8:30
Difficulty: IV+ (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Musica Mundana
Cost: Score and Parts - €142.00   |   Score Only - €29.00

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Program Notes

La Battaglia di Legnano (The Battle of Legnano) is an opera in four acts, with music by Giuseppe Verdi to an Italian-language libretto by Salvadore Cammarano. It was based on the play La Bataille de Toulouse by Joseph Méry, later the co-librettist of Don Carlos. The story revolves around a love triangle of a young soldier, his best friend, and the woman they both love, all in the context of the coming battle between the Lombard League of Italy and the German Emperor

Written as a commission from the Teatro Argentina in the "beleaguered republic" of Rome while the composer was still living in Paris, he traveled to Rome in late 1848 to prepare the opera for its first performance, which was given on 27 January 1849. Musicologist Roger Parker describes the première as "a clamorous success, with the entire final act encored" and the audience wild with enthusiasm. He goes to add that act 4 was encored at every performance of the run. However, we learn elsewhere that the opera failed in its 1850 production in Genoa.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


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