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Apostillas al libreto de Don Chisciotte alle nozze di Gamaccio de Saverio Mercadante

Maria Caterina Ruta    Università degli Studi di Palermo, Italia    

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In the vast realm of 19th-century Italian music dealing with Cervantine themes, Saverio Mercadante’s Don Chisciotte alle nozze di Gamaccio (1830), perused recently by Adela Presas, stands out. The sole purpose of my annotations pertaining to Ferrero’s libretto is to stress even more its relationship to Cervantes’ novel. From the point of view of reception aesthetics, similar works of arts help the reader verify the temporal vitality of a text and, possibly, new ways of reading. The results of this analysis present Don Quixote in a serious fashion, in contrast to 18th-century attitudes, wherein a ridiculous and extravagant tradition of this character prevailed. Likewise, this study stresses the changes that Sancho Panza undergoes as a dramatic character. In his libretto, Ferrero reveals a keen knowledge of the two parts of Cervantes’ Don Quixote since he mentions the novel’s most quoted passages and oftentimes remains faithful to the letter of the text.  

Accepted
Nov. 10, 2016
Submitted
July 17, 2015
Language
IT
ISBN (PRINT)
978-88-6969-164-5
ISBN (EBOOK)
978-88-6969-163-8

Keywords: NotesDon QuixoteLibrettoMercadante

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