Leoncavallo Pagliacci

Pagliacci is an Italian opera in a prologue and two acts, with music and libretto by Ruggero Leoncavallo. It is the only Leoncavallo opera that is still widely staged. Pagliacci premiered in Milan in 1892, conducted by Arturo Toscanini (who did not like it). The Metropolitan Opera's staging on December of that year was the first time that it appeared along with Pietro Mascagni's Cavalleria rusticana. The orchestra consists of 2 flutes, 1 piccolo, 2 oboes, 1 cor anglais, 2 clarinets, 1 bass clarinet, 3 bassoons, 4 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, 1 tuba, 2 harps, timpani, tubular bells, percussion (triangle, cymbals, bass drum, glockenspiel) and strings. Additionally, there is an onstage violin, oboe, trumpet, and bass drum. Also included in the final pages of the score is a part in the percussion section marked "T.T." (not assigned in the instrumentation page at the beginning.) Performers have taken this to be a tam-tam (partly because Mascagni used one, although to much greater effect, on the final moments of Cavalleria rusticana). It is given three strokes right after the announcement that "The comedy is over".
Advertisements
Radio App
Get the Radio App

Stream great classical music on the Web, Mobile or Apple TV

Download the App

Recordings

Pagliacci - 1. Prologue
Pagliacci - 2. Act One, Scene One
Pagliacci - 3. Act One, Scene Two
Pagliacci - 4. Intermezzo a
Pagliacci - 4. Intermezzo b
Pagliacci - 4. Intermezzo c
Pagliacci - 4. Intermezzo d
Pagliacci - 5. Act Two a
Pagliacci - 5. Act Two b
Pagliacci - 5. Act Two c
Pagliacci - 5. Act Two d
Pagliacci - Aria: "Vesti la giubba" (Act I)

Samples

Pagliacci
Pagliacci
Pagliacci
Pagliacci
Pagliacci
Pagliacci
Pagliacci
Pagliacci
Pagliacci
Pagliacci
Pagliacci
Pagliacci

Questions

There are no questions yet.