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Pietro Mascagni

Pietro Mascagni


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Pietro Mascagni (1863 – 1945) was an Italian composer most noted for his operas. His 1890 masterpiece, Cavalleria Rusticana, caused one of the greatest sensations in opera history and singlehandedly ushered in the Verismo movement in Italian dramatic music. However, though it has been stated that Mascagni, like Leoncavallo, was a "one-opera man" who could never repeat his first success, this is inaccurate. L'amico Fritz and Iris have been popular in Europe since their respective premieres. In fact, Mascagni himself claimed that at one point Iris was performed in Italy more often than Cavalleria. It is certainly a better vehicle for a popular lyric soprano.


Mascagni wrote a total of seventeen operas and operetta, several orchestral and vocal works, as well as songs and piano music. He enjoyed immense success during his lifetime, both as a composer and conductor of his own and other people's music. If he never repeated the international success of Cavalleria, it was probably because Mascagni refused to copy himself. The variety of styles in his operas — the Sicilian passion and warmth of Cavalleria, the exotic flavor of Iris, the idyllic breeze that ventilates the charming L'amico Fritz and Lodoletta, the Gallic chiaroscuro of Isabeau, the steely, Veristic power of Il piccolo Marat, the overripe postromanticism of the lush Parisina — demonstrate a versatility that surpasses even that of Puccini.

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CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA INTERMEZZO - (by Keith Gemmell)  Year: 1888
Keith Gemmell One of the most beautiful tunes ever written this symphonic Intermezzo has figured in the sound track of several films, most notably in the opening of Raging Bull and in The Godfather Part III. Great for romantic scenes, especially in Italy. Instrumental, Classical, Romantic, Pietro Mascagni
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Classical, Romantic  
435860 3:35 Medium   
Variation (Main theme only) - Classical, Romantic  
435862 2:10 Med Slow 87   


INTERMEZZO FROM CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA - (by Western Horizon Productions)  Year: 2013
Western Horizon Productions An orchestral rendition of a beautifully lyrical piece from Mascagni's opera Cavalleria Rusticana. Instrumental, Classical, Opera, Pietro Mascagni
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Classical, Opera
590683 3:10 Very Slow 52   
Variation (Main Theme) - Classical, Romantic
685442 0:58 Very Slow   


P. MASCAGNI CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA INTERMEZZO - (by Alexey Kaleynikov)  Year: 1888
Alexey Kaleynikov One of the most beautiful tunes. Symphonic Intermezzo in F dur. Great for romantic scenes. Instrumental, Dramatic, Dramatic Operatic, Pietro Mascagni
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Dramatic, Dramatic Operatic
733326 2:47 Very Slow 54   

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