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Death in Venice Quick reference
...Venice is restored, despite the sinister refusal of his gondolier to obey orders, or wait to be paid. In a lyrical arioso Aschenbach muses on the fact that a black gondola is ‘a vision of death itself’. 1.iv The first evening at the hotel The manager sings the praises of his establishment. To an expansive, consonant yet tonally unstable motif he obsequiously shows the writer the view of the beach from his room, then leaves Aschenbach to reflect in recitative on his aims and ambitions as a creative artist. After a while he is drawn back to the view before him....
Faust Quick reference
...in French opera such as Massenet's Manon . The ensuing quartet features a wealth of finely wrought detail, both in orchestration (too often overlooked in critiques of the work) and shaping of the melodic line. Faust became particularly important to the French musical establishment at the end of the century. A work by a winner of the Prix de Rome that could claim to be thoroughly modern and personal in style at its première, and go on to international stages, was a significant enhancement to the musical prestige of a French operatic culture previously...