Vernon Lee (Violet Paget)

Domenico Cimarosa

Domenico Cimarosa


 1749~1801. An Italian composer. He created more than 70 operas. The major works of his are Il matrimonio segreto(1792)、Il maestro di cappella(1793) and others.
 Since her childhood, Vernon Lee loved Cimarosa's operas. She writes about her own essays on Cimarosa thus: "At eighteen I had written an essay demonstrating why Cimarosa's recitative was less good than, say, Leo's, and wherein consisted the subtle superiority of Pergolesi's setting of Se cerca, se diceover Gluppi's." Vineta Colby points out that writing on Cimarosa was the practice for Lee to write on other composers.
 In 'Signor Curiazio' in Juvenilia, Lee discusses Cimarosa and his Orazi and Wagner. And she says that she prefers Cimarosa's forgotten opera Horatii e Curialii(1796) to Wagner's Tristam and Yseult.

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