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dc.contributor.advisorDauphinais, Kristin
dc.contributor.authorPack-Smith, Piper*
dc.creatorPack-Smith, Piper
dc.date.accessioned2018-10-24T23:47:10Z
dc.date.available2018-10-24T23:47:10Z
dc.date.issued2018
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/630534
dc.description.abstractGioachino Rossini was perhaps more prolific than any known composer in his operatic writing for the mezzo-soprano and contralto voices. While modern practice casts many of these roles as somewhat interchangeable among mezzo-sopranos, recent writings have lamented the decline in the number of contraltos. This asks the question of whether or not the composer's own distinctions indicate that contraltos should be uniquely represented in these roles. This paper is an examination of Rossini's writing for some of his favorite singers, including Marietta Marcolini, Adelaide Malanotte, and Isabella Colbran, as well as later interpretations by Giuditta Pasta, in order to discover the unique imprint that they left on these roles. In addition, this paper will outline the history of the contralto as it pertains to the development of Rossini as a composer and the facets of character, tessitura, range and ensemble writing to explore how Rossini may have heard and appreciated the central part of the female voice, and what makes his writing for these voice types historically distinct and significant.
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction, presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
dc.subjectcontralto
dc.subjectIsabella Colbran
dc.subjectMarietta Marcolini
dc.subjectmezzo-soprano
dc.subjectopera
dc.subjectrossini
dc.titleRediscovering the Unique Role of the Contralto in the Operas of Gioachino Rossini
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dc.typeElectronic Dissertation
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizona
thesis.degree.leveldoctoral
dc.contributor.committeememberRosenblatt, Jay
dc.contributor.committeememberStuckey, Andrew
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate College
thesis.degree.disciplineMusic
thesis.degree.nameD.M.A.
refterms.dateFOA2018-10-24T23:47:10Z


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