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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 126-150 of 201 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Edison 358 12-in. approximately Sept.-Oct. 1910 Vi ravviso, o luoghi ameni Andrés de Segurola Bass vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Edison 402 12-in. approximately Nov. 1910 Son geloso de zefiro Maria Galvany ; Umberto Macnez Vocal duet (soprano and tenor), with orchestra composer  
Edison 514 Not documented approximately Dec. 1910 Ah! Per sempre Mariano Stabile Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Edison 649 Not documented approximately Apr. 1911 A te o cara Elvino Ventura Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Edison 775 Not documented approximately July 1911 Ah! Per sempre Oreste Benedetti Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Edison 907 12-in. approximately Dec. 1911 Vi ravviso, o luoghi ameni Romano Rasponi Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Edison 1103 10-in. between 6/24/1912 and 6/25/1912 Hear me, Norma Anthony Giammatteo ; Julius Spindler Clarinet and flute duet composer  
Edison 1329 10-in. 10/30/1912 Hear me, Norma Charlotte Kirwan ; Matilda Staats Vocal duet (soprano and contralto), with orchestra composer  
Edison 2194 10-in. 3/21/1913 Casta diva Carmen Melis Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Edison 2229 10-in. 4/15/1913 Ah! Non credea mirarti Lucrezia Bori Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Edison 3029 10-in. May 1914 Sound now the trumpet Vernon Archibald ; Harvey Hindermyer Vocal duet (tenor and baritone), with orchestra composer  
Edison 3173 10-in. July 1914 Ah! Non credea mirarti Anna Case Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Edison 3193 10-in. June 1914 Vi ravviso, o luoghi ameni Taurino Parvis Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Edison 3202 10-in. July 1914 Ah! Del Tebro al giogo indegno Silvio Becucci Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Edison 3208 10-in. July 1914 Vi ravviso, o luoghi ameni Silvio Becucci Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Edison 3223 10-in. Aug. 1914 Norma overture Edison Concert Band Concert band composer  
Edison 3797 10-in. 5/19/1915 Hear me, Norma Anthony Giammatteo ; Julius Spindler Clarinet and flute duet composer  
Edison 4041 10-in. 8/16/1915 Mira, o Norma Anita Rio ; Alice Verlet Vocal duet (soprano and contralto), with orchestra composer  
Edison 6253 10-in. between 7/1/1918 and 7/5/1918 Suoni la tromba e intrepido Arthur Middleton ; Taurino Parvis Vocal duet (baritone and bass), with orchestra composer  
Edison 6677 10-in. 3/19/1919 Vien, diletto Consuelo Escobar de Castro Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Edison 7263 10-in. 4/2/1920 Qui la voce Anna Case Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Edison 7276 10-in. 4/8/1920 Fantasia Pietro Caso ; Anthony Giammatteo Flute and clarinet duet composer  
Edison 7712 10-in. 12/31/1920 Casta diva Frieda Hempel Soprano vocal solo, with piano composer  
Edison 8392 10-in. 3/24/1922 Sorgi, o padre Claudia Muzio Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Gramophone 216m 12-in. ca. 1904 Casta diva Celestina Boninsegna Soprano vocal solo, with piano composer  
(Results 126-150 of 201 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Bellini, Vincenzo," accessed April 13, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102890.

Bellini, Vincenzo. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 13, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102890.

"Bellini, Vincenzo." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 13 April 2024.

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