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Opera: Lucia di Lammermoor
Composer: Gaetano Donizetti
Premiere: Naples, 1835.
Scrap 1: Tempo di Marcia.
In Act 2 of 3, Lucia surrenders to her brother's pressure to marry Arturo. The wedding guests sing Per te d'immenso giubilo ("Everything around is bright with rejoicing for you [Arturo]"). Believe it or not, this is the only joyful music in the entire opera. A little later, Lucia's lover Edgardo bursts in on the ceremony and throws things into chaos. Then, in Act 3, while the unaware guests continue their rejoicing with the same chorus, the mad Lucia is up in her bedroom murdering her bridegroom.
Scrap 2 (0:58): Andantino.
Following her famous mad scene in Act 3, Lucia sings to her absent lover Edgar, Spargi d'amaro pianto ("Shed a bitter tear on my mortal remains"). Now the guests look on in dumbfounded shock.
Scrap 3 (2:11): Marziale.
Reprise of Per te d'immenso giubilo. The closing measures in triplets actually form introductory material for the chorus when it is first heard in Act 2.
PLAY OPERA SCRAP NO. 6 - "Lucia di Lammermoor"
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