Arranger ODOM, LAWRENCE
Composer MASCAGNI, PIETRO
Voicing/Instrument CONCERT BAND
Publisher AUX ARCS MUSIC
Between the time Giuseppe Verdi wrote Otello and Falstaff, the Italian opera changed in reaction to the verismo school, based on "naturalism," featuring stories with commonplace characters, settings and situations with which audiences could easily identify. Mascagni was only 27 years old when his most famous work, the opera Cavalleria Rusticana (Rustic Chivalry) opened with brilliant success, giving birth to verismo. This one work launched Mascagni into the international opera circuit, but despite a long career, he was never able to duplicate its success. His most popular surviving musical fragment is the Intermezzo, which was used in the soundtrack of several films, including Scorsese's Raging Bull, The Godfather, Part III and the HBO series The Sopranos.