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The purpose of this treatise will be to explore Verdi's development of the title role of his opera Rigoletto. The historical timeline will be followed from Verdi's first documented interest in Victor Hugo's Le roi s'amuse as a libretto to the critical reaction of the first performances of Rigoletto. The main body of this paper will focus on musical examples that demonstrate how the composer delineated the dual nature of Rigoletto's character: the deformed, bitter, court jester and the impassioned, loving father. Every aspect of Verdi's compositional techniqueâmelody, rhythm, harmony, dynamics, articulation, orchestration, and formâwill be explored to discover how he gave full range to Rigoletto's emotional expression and the dramatic development of his character.
A Treatise Submitted to the College of Music in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Music.
Includes bibliographical references.
Florida State University
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