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The Sounds of Paris in Verdi's La traviata
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Prelude; 1. Verdi and the Parisian 'boulevard' theatre; 2. Images and sounds in waltz (and polka) time; 3. Motifs of reminiscence and musical dramaturgy; Coda.

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Emilio Sala uses rare documents and images to re-examine Verdi's La traviata in the cultural context of mid-nineteenth-century Paris.

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Emilio Sala is Associate Professor of Musical Dramaturgy at the University of Milan. His research focuses on the musical dramaturgy of opera, melodrama and film music and his publications include L'opera senza canto. Il melo romantico e l'invenzione della colonna sonora (1995) and Il valzer delle camelie. Echi di Parigi nella Traviata (2008). He has published articles and reviews in the Cambridge Opera Journal, Opera Quarterly, the Revue de musicologie, Orages, R. H. L. F., Saggiatore musicale, Musica/Realta, Musicalia, Musica e storia and elsewhere.

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'An intriguing and well-written work of musical detection, [excellently] translated.' Classical Music
'Sala's methodology draws on both ethnomusicology and musicology in his endeavours to consider the 'contextualization of the text' as much as the 'textualization of the context'. In this finely controlled and often intriguing analysis, he undoubtedly succeeds in demonstrating La traviata not just as a product of Verdi's imagination, but as a subtle refashioning of the sounds of Paris itself in the 1840s and 1850s.' Susan Rutherford, Music and Letters
'An intriguing and well-written work of musical detection, [excellently] translated.' Classical Music
'Sala's methodology draws on both ethnomusicology and musicology in his endeavours to consider the 'contextualization of the text' as much as the 'textualization of the context'. In this finely controlled and often intriguing analysis, he undoubtedly succeeds in demonstrating La traviata not just as a product of Verdi's imagination, but as a subtle refashioning of the sounds of Paris itself in the 1840s and 1850s.' Susan Rutherford, Music and Letters

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