The harpsichord in 20th-century opera by Ruy Coelho, Augusto Machado and Joly Braga Santos

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Abstract

When Ruy Coelho (1889-1986), possibly influenced by Wanda Landowska, included the harpsichord in the orchestration of his first opera, he became the first modern Portuguese composer to resort to this previously forgotten instrument. He would go on to use it in several other works, and would be one of few within the Portuguese musical milieu to do so. This paper seeks to reflect on the conceptual and musical background to this revival of the harpsichord, the associated technical and organologic obstacles, and ultimately the instrument's raison d'être and significance in the dramatic and musical context of the 20th century Portuguese operas "Serão da Infanta" (1913) and "Rosas de todo o ano" (1921) by Ruy Coelho, "Rosas de todo o ano (1920) by Augusto Machado (1845-1924) and "Trilogia das Barcas" (1970) by Joly Braga Santos (1924-1988).
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventOld is New: The Presence of the Past in the Music of the Present - ESML e FCSH/NOVA, Lisboa, Portugal
Duration: 24 Nov 201626 Nov 2016
https://oldisnew2016.wordpress.com/

Conference

ConferenceOld is New
CountryPortugal
CityLisboa
Period24/11/1626/11/16
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Keywords

  • harpsichord
  • opera
  • organology

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