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The biography of Gesualdo Di Venosa as an opera plot: Luci mie traditrici (Oh My Betraying Eyes) by Salvatore Sciarrino and Gesualdo Considered as a Murderer by Luca Francesconi

Lavrova Svetlana Vital'evna

Doctor of Art History

associate professor, prorector for research and development at Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet

191023, Russia, g. Saint Petersburg, ul. Zodchego Rossi, 2






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The article studies the life and creative work of an Italian Renaissance composer Carlo Gesualdo Di Venosa serving as an opera plot. The article considers two opposing views on one of the most mysterious stories - jealousy murder of his wife and her lover committed by the composer. The author considers the issue of the composer’s legacy in new music and the reference to this issue as a cited material. The reason why the composer’s legacy is so significant for the music reflections of the 20th - the 21st centuries is particularly interesting. The author gives numerous examples of Carlo Gesualdo’s music interpretations in the late 20th - the early 21st centuries. The author studies various composers’ positions on the life and creative work of Carlo Gesualdo. The basis of Salvatore Sciarrino’s opera plot is the story expressed by non-verbal  instrumental and sound means by the witnesses to the crime - nocturnal nature, birds and insects.  Luca Francesconi defines his position in a different way. He doesn’t consider Carlo Gesualdo as a murderer, and the morder doesn’t take place. The author arrives at interesting conclusions about the revaluation of music legacy by these two composers: Sciarrino avoids citing choosing an elegy of Claude Le Jeune woven through the opera, while Francesconi electronically dissects the fragments of popular Carlo Gesualdo’s music.  

Keywords: post-serialism, new music, Luca Francesconi, modern opera, Gesualdo considered as a murderer, Salvatore Sciarrino, opera, Carlo Gesualdo Di Venosa, quotation, modern opera house
This article written in Russian. You can find full text of article in Russian here .

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