Musical Characterization For Othello 's Othello

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Musical Characterization for Othello

In Verdi’s Othello, the music is used by Verdi to characterize each character in the opera. It is the music who describes the audience the personality traits of each character. Moreover, music accompanies every scene in the opera. In many cases, we can know what is happening or what the character is feeling through the music the orchestra is playing. This is an innovative way to characterize the characters in an opera used by Verdi that do not fit into the traditional ways of Italian opera. This paper intends to describe Verdi’s textual and musical characterization of Othello. Othello is a Moor, general of the Venetian republic. He has passed his fortieth years. He presents the brave, loyal figure of a man of arms. Simply in his bearing and in his gestures, imperious in his commands, cool in his judgement. The scene that follows the duet in Act I should suffice to reveal these gifts of temperaments. This act shows him in all his strength, in all his glory, in all his radiance. His first words proclaim victory in a voice of thunder amid the tempest. His last words exhale a sigh of love upon a kiss. First, we should see the hero, then the lover, and we must perceive the hero in all his greatness to understand how worthy he is of love, and how great his capacity for passionate devotion. Then from that prodigious love a fearful jealousy will be born through the cunning agency of Iago. Reason and justice govern Othello’s actions up to the

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