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Rossini's reform: The controversy surrounding the use of embellishment

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Phillips, A (1999) Rossini's reform: The controversy surrounding the use of embellishment. Honours thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Abstract

This dissertation discusses the evolution of Rossini's intricate vocal writing style. In 1824
the French biographer Stendhal provided a monologue of Rossini's reasoning behind his
florid tunes. The monologue however was fictitious and may have contributed to a blurred
understanding of the composer's style amongst later researchers. Twentieth-century
historian Rodolfo Celletti, however, based his hypothesis about the evolution of Rossini's
coloratura on comprehensive, historical research.
To understand where Rossini music lies within the wavering trends in ornamentation, this
dissertation presents a brief historical account of ornamentation in solo vocal music in Italy
from the early Baroque to the early nineteenth century. Next, the two hypotheses of
Rossini's reform are presented and discussed. The link between form and ornamentation
in Rossini arias will then be presented. Finally, two Rossini arias are analysed in an effort
to clearly point out the techniques that he uses in creating such elaborate vocal lines and
draw conclusions to the validity of the hypotheses of Stendhal and Celletti.

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