See, when you get into a Rossini finale, the piano score reduction covers about 2 measures per page. (Once everyone gets singing, and each individual vocal line is stacked on top of another, it takes up all of the available vertical space on the page.) Add to this the fact that most of these finales are moving at an Allegro-or-faster pace, and you begin to see the problem. You end up playing the piano with one hand and turning pages constantly with the other.
Hence, my shorthand version of the first act finale to L’italiana in Algeri. A thing of beauty, representing 56 pages of the score and eliminating 28 page turns!
I’m a bit of a music theory nerd. If you’re lucky, maybe someday I’ll pull out my Schenkerian analysis of Salome. Or not.
Happy to report that InsideTheArts.com has welcomed an opera interloper. Brian Dickie of Chicago Opera Theatre will be representing all things operatic for the Inside the Arts blog portal. Check it out! (Although I have been teasing Drew that he does need a chick on the roster…!) Looks like there’s a new blogger coming next week – keep the faith, ladies!