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dc.contributor.authorCastelvecchi, Stefanoen
dc.date.accessioned2020-01-17T00:30:36Z
dc.date.available2020-01-17T00:30:36Z
dc.identifier.issn0003-0139
dc.identifier.urihttps://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/300959
dc.description.abstractIn Act II scene 2 of Le nozze di Figaro, Susanna urges Cherubino to sing for the Countess a song he has composed himself. Cherubino’s hesitant response is shrugged off by Susanna (“manco parole”—“enough with talk”), who proceeds to accompany his performance of “Voi che sapete” on the Countess’s guitar. Following the performance, the Countess comments, “Bravo! che bella voce!” (“Bravo! what a beautiful voice!”). Needless to say, the actors on the stage sing throughout this scene—as they do virtually all the time in Italian opera (and in several other varieties of opera). But anyone familiar with the conventions of opera will have it quite clear that a) no character in the story is singing from the beginning of the scene up to “manco parole” (they are, rather, speaking to each other); b) Cherubino does sing during his song; and c) from “Bravo!” onward, all characters resume speaking. Put differently (and perhaps better), it is clear that the characters here do not hear any music until Susanna starts playing the song’s “ritornello” on the guitar, and again will not hear any music from “Bravo!” through the remainder of scene 2 (which includes Susanna’s aria “Venite, inginocchiatevi,” whose words represent what the characters hear as speech).
dc.publisherUniversity of California Press
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dc.titleOn “Diegesis” and “Diegetic”: Words and Conceptsen
dc.typeArticle
prism.endingPage171
prism.issueIdentifier1en
prism.publicationNameJournal of the American Musicological Societyen
prism.startingPage149
prism.volume73en
dc.identifier.doi10.17863/CAM.48034
dcterms.dateAccepted2019-10-21en
rioxxterms.versionofrecord10.1525/jams.2020.73.1.149en
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rioxxterms.licenseref.startdate2019-10-21en
dc.identifier.eissn1547-3848
rioxxterms.typeJournal Article/Reviewen
cam.issuedOnline2020-04-01en
dc.identifier.urlhttps://online.ucpress.edu/jams/article/73/1/149/107177/On-Diegesis-and-Diegetic-Words-and-Conceptsen
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