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Intermezzo (arr. Suzuki)

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Pietro Mascagni (trans. Tad Suzuki)

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General Info

Year: 1890 /
Duration: c. 5:00
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Manuscript
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


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Program Notes

Cavalleria Rusticana (Rustic Chivalry) is an opera in one act by Italian composer Pietro Mascagni (1863-1945). It was premiered on 17 May, 1890, at the Teatro Costanzi in Rome, Italy. The libretto, written by Giovanni-Targioni-Tozzetti and Guido Menasci, was based on the short story of the same title by novelist Giovanni Verga. Mascagni submitted Cavalleria Rusticana as an entry in a contest for the best unpublished one-act opera, sponsored by the music publisher Casa Sonzogno. It won first prize, and it was considered a great success at its first performance; however, none of Mascagni’s 14 subsequent operas met with great success. Due to its brevity, Cavalleria Rusticana is often paired with another one-act opera, most often Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci.

In the opera, two sweethearts, Lola and Turiddu, are separated by Turiddu’s military service. In his absence, Lola marries a local man (Alfio). When Turiddu returns he is angry and begins an affair with a local girl to arouse Lola’s jealousies. Despite their relationships to others, Lola and Turiddu resume their love. When Alfio discovers this, he challenges Turiddu to a duel, and Turiddu is killed.

The Intermezzo is the best-known melody from the opera. It occurs between the two scenes of the opera’s single act, and evokes the Easter day religious spirit of the opera’s setting.

- Program Note by Nikk Pilato


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