Vincenzo Bellini

Vincenzo Bellini (vēnchān´tsō bĕl-lē´nē), 1801–35, Italian opera composer. He acquired his musical training from his grandfather and father, and began composing religious and secular music in his childhood. His first opera, Adelson e Salvini, was successfully performed in 1825. His most celebrated works are the operas La Sonnambula and Norma (both 1831). In their profusely melodic style they exemplify the bel canto tradition of the 18th cent., and their roles demand great virtuosity of the singers. Bellini's last opera, I Puritani (1835), was influenced by the dramatic style of French grand opera. Unlike that of his immediate predecessors, Rossini and Donizetti, his operatic output was small. It was characterized by careful composition, great attention to the relationship between words and music, and an originality of harmony that gave rise to his music's sensual, ecstatic quality. He greatly influenced the work of Verdi.

See study by H. Weinstock (1971).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2015, The Columbia University Press.

Vincenzo Bellini: Selected full-text books and articles

Nineteenth-Century Italian Opera: From Rossini to Puccini By Danièle Pistone; E. Thomas Glasow Amadeus Press, 1995
Epochs in Musical Progress By Clarence G. Hamilton Oliver Ditson Company, 1926
Conductors on Composers By John L. Holmes Greenwood Press, 1993
Verdi's Falstaff in Letters and Contemporary Reviews By Giuseppe Verdi; Hans Busch; Hans Busch Indiana University Press, 1997
Letters of Composers: An Anthology, 1603-1945 By Gertrude Norman; Gertrude Norman; Miriam Shrifte Lubell; Miriam Lubell Shrifte A.A. Knopf, 1946
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