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The course of Brahms's artistic and personal life was shaped by the influence of the composer
Robert Schumann and his wife Clara.
Critics were often scandalized by the subject matter of Verdi's operas because they
seemed to condone rape, suicide, and free love.
Verdi studied music in _________, the city where Italy's most important opera house, La Scala, is located.
Verdi's later operas differ from his earlier ones in that they have
less difference between aria and recitative.
greater musical continuity.
more imaginative orchestrations.
Puccini's operas have lasting appeal because
he had a marvelous sense of theater.
his melodies have short, memorable phrases and are intensely emotional.
he minimized the difference between aria and recitative, thus creating a continuous flow of music
Puccini used melodic and rhythmic elements derived from Asian music in his operas
Madame Butterfly and Turandot.
An artistic trend of the 1890s, in which operas dealt with ordinary people and true-to-life situations, was known as
Mimi and Rodolfo meet for the first time in La Bohème because she has come to his door to ask for a
light for her candle.
Wagner called his works music dramas rather than operas because
there are no breaks where applause can interrupt.
A short musical idea associated with a person, object, or thought, used by Wagner in his operas, is called
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