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Vincenzo Bellini

Vincenzo Salvatore Carmelo Francesco Bellini (Italian: [vinˈtʃɛntso salvaˈtoːre karˈmɛːlo franˈtʃesko belˈliːni] (listen); 3 November 1801 – 23 September 1835) was an Italian opera composer, who was known for his long-flowing melodic lines for which he was named "the Swan of Catania". Many years later, in 1898, Giuseppe Verdi "praised the broad curves of Bellini's melody: 'there are extremely long melodies as no-one else had ever made before'."

A large amount of what is known about Bellini's life and activity comes from surviving letters which were written, except for a short period, throughout his lifetime to Francesco Florimo, whom he had met as a fellow student in Naples and with whom he maintained a lifelong friendship. Other sources of information come from correspondence saved by other friends and business acquaintances.

Bellini was the quintessential composer of the Italian bel canto era of the early 19th century, and his work has been summed up by the London critic Tim Ashley as:

... also hugely influential, as much admired by other composers as he was by the public. Verdi raved about his "long, long, long melodies such as no one before had written." Wagner, who rarely liked anyone but himself, was spellbound by Bellini's almost uncanny ability to match music with text and psychology. Liszt and Chopin professed themselves fans. Of the 19th-century giants, only Berlioz demurred. Those musicologists who consider Bellini to be merely a melancholic tunesmith are now in the minority.

In considering which of his operas can be seen to be his greatest successes over the almost two hundred years since his death, Il pirata laid much of the groundwork in 1827, achieving very early recognition in comparison to Donizetti's having written thirty operas before his major 1830 triumph with Anna Bolena. Both I Capuleti e i Montecchi at La Fenice in 1830 and La sonnambula in Milan in 1831 reached new triumphal heights, although initially Norma, given at La Scala in 1831 did not fare as well until later performances elsewhere. "The genuine triumph" of I puritani in January 1835 in Paris capped a significant career. Certainly, Il pirata, Capuleti, La sonnambula, Norma, and I puritani are regularly performed today.

After his initial success in Naples, most of the rest of his short life was spent outside of both Sicily and Naples, those years being followed with his living and composing in Milan and Northern Italy, and—after a visit to London—then came his final masterpiece in Paris, I puritani. Only nine months later, Bellini died in Puteaux, France at the age of 33.

Birth and Death Data: Born November 3, 1801 (Catania), Died September 23, 1835 (Puteaux)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1897 - 1949

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer

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Recordings (Results 26-50 of 201 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor C-4879 12-in. 10/11/1907 Qui la voce sua Marcella Sembrich Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-4970 10-in. 12/13/1907 Ah! Per sempre Mario Ancona Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-6960 10-in. 4/2/1909 Norma : Selection Arthur Pryor's Band Band composer  
Victor C-7053 12-in. 5/7/1909 Norma overture Arthur Pryor's Band Band composer  
Victor C-10064 12-in. 3/16/1911 Ah! Non credea mirarti Luisa Tetrazzini ; Victor Orchestra Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor C-10076 12-in. 3/18/1911 Ah! non giunge Luisa Tetrazzini Soprano vocal solo, with flute and orchestra composer  
Victor C-10092 12-in. 3/22/1911 Ah! non giunge Alma Gluck Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-10565 10-in. 6/21/1911 A te o cara Alberto Amadi Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor C-10813 12-in. 7/20/1911 Ah! Non credea mirarti Alma Gluck ; Victor Orchestra Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor C-10869 12-in. 8/8/1911 Norma march Victor Dance Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor C-11461 12-in. 1/15/1912 Suoni la tromba Pasquale Amato ; Marcel Journet ; Victor Orchestra Vocal duet (baritone and bass), with orchestra composer  
Victor B-12295 10-in. 8/7/1912 'Norma' excerpts Neapolitan Trio Instrumental trio composer  
Victor B-12505 10-in. 10/9/1912 Oboe and clarinet : Hear me, Norma Clement Barone ; Louis H. Christie ; Alfred Doucet Orchestra, with instrumental solos composer  
Victor B-12847 10-in. 1/25/1913 Mira, o Norma Alma Gluck ; Louise Homer Vocal duet (soprano and contralto), with orchestra composer  
Victor C-12847 12-in. 9/25/1916 Mira o Norma Alma Gluck ; Louise Homer Vocal duet (soprano and contralto), with orchestra composer  
Victor C-14333 12-in. 1/15/1914 Quartette Vessella's Italian Band Band composer  
Victor B-14539 10-in. 3/5/1914 Qui la voce Frieda Hempel Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor C-14540 12-in. 3/5/1914 Vien diletto Frieda Hempel Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-16023 10-in. 5/13/1915 Fantasia Francis J. Lapitino Harp solo composer  
Victor C-20048 12-in. 6/15/1917 Ah! non credea mirarti Amelita Galli-Curci Soprano vocal solo, with cello and orchestra composer  
Victor C-20669 12-in. 9/14/1917 Qui la voce Amelita Galli-Curci Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-23170 10-in. 9/23/1919 Sovra il sen Amelita Galli-Curci Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor C-24177 12-in. 6/21/1920 Come per me sereno Amelita Galli-Curci Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor C-26417 12-in. 4/18/1922 Ah! Per sempre Giuseppe De Luca Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-27088 10-in. 11/22/1922 Vi ravviso Fyodor Ivanovich Chaliapin Bass vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
(Results 26-50 of 201 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Bellini, Vincenzo," accessed April 21, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102890.

Bellini, Vincenzo. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 21, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102890.

"Bellini, Vincenzo." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 21 April 2024.

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