Pietro Mascagni [1863-1945]

On this day,

December 7, 1863

Italian composer

Pietro Mascagni

was born

in Livorno, Tuscany,


A composer primarily known for his operas. His masterpiece, Cavalleria Rusticana, caused one of the greatest sensations in opera history and single-handedly ushered in the Verismo movement in Italian dramatic music. While it was often held that Mascagni, like Ruggiero Leoncavallo, was a “one-opera man” who could never repeat his first success, L’amico Fritz and Iris have remained in the repertoire in Europe (especially Italy) since their premieres.

❝ Modern music is as dangerous as narcotics.❞

Pietro Mascagni

We listen to

Cavalleria Rusticana

from the film directed by

Franco Zeffirelli

Conductor – Georges Prêtre
Santuzza – Elena Obraztsova
Turiddu – Plácido Domingo
Alfio – Renato Bruson
Mamma Lucia – Fedora Barbieri
Lola – Axelle Gall
Orchestra & Coro Teatro Alla Scala di Milano
Maestro del Coro – Romano Gandolfi

❝ There are three degrees of comparison: stupido, stupidissimo, and tenore.❞

Pietro Mascagni

photos taken on a cold cloudy sunrise, looking towards Mt.Pendeli, Athens


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12 replies »

  1. No time to watch this now, but I am a fan of Zeffirelli.
    I adore his 1968 Romeo and Juliette. Nothing comes close. He puts us right in Verona in the renaissance. Brilliant!
    I watch it every 2 years, that and Gone With the Wind!

  2. What an eye (after quickly looking at some Z scenes)! Romeo and Juliet introduced me to the archetypally beautiful female, Olivia Hussey. She also stars with Margot Kidder and Keir Dullea in a low-budget Canadian film called Black Christmas, which is sort of sleeper hit in the horror film genre. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0071222/ You and yours might like it if you haven’t seen it already. A real slice of Toronto in the 70s. 🙂

      • It’s more a psychological, atmospheric flick than a graphic nightmare. One of my favs but then, it’s my childhood, that era. Sometimes I really miss ringing telephones, etc. that don’t have robo calls all the way from China, Florida and India. 🙂

        • Because of hubs, I’ve watched all sorts of gory, splatter, graphic or psychological thrillers. Some I really appreciated for either their aesthetics or the.. laughter. There are sone though that leave an after effect. Stupid but true. Like I’ve only ever watched a trailer from Jaws and still if ever a sea leaf touches me while swimming, I’ll literally fly to the shore!!!! 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

          • That’s funny. I can be sensitive and insensitive. Don’t really know why but some things get to me more than other things. Also depends on my ‘configuration’ for a particular day or time. Sometimes I’m tough, other times a softie. Halloween is another film from that era that I like. I know it’s not very good… just a reliving the childhood thing… I MISS the 70s sometimes. 🙂🤓😊 Oh and btw, as I grew older, I got afraid of snakes in the water, bears at night, etc. Never gave it a thought as a kid! 🙂😊😁

  3. Enjoying dear Marina…. Thank you for the beautiful sky.. and the lovely production I have been listening to classical this afternoon.. ❤ <3… Sending love and well wishes… 🙂

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