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Texts from Elsewhere Verdi, ‘Pace, pace, mio Dio!’ (Leonora), La forza del destino, Act IV

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1 Leonora’s Last Act: Essays in Verdian Discourse (Princeton, 1997), 61.

2 First published in the Corriere della Sera (6 November 1910), 3, and subsequently in Novelle per un anno: Volume XII (Florence, 1928), 211-24.

3 Models included Petrarca’s Canzoniere and the Thousand-and-One Nights. Some of the Novelle had already appeared in volume form, but in different configurations.

4 The recurring phrase is ‘in Continente si faceva così’.

5 Les Huguenots, Act I couplets, ‘Pif, paf, pif, paf, / À bas les couvents maudits!’.

6 Gli Ugonotti / opera in cinque atti / versione italiana / parole di Scribe / musica di Giacomo Meyerbeer (Milan, [1837]).

7 ‘Il giorno dopo, rincasando due ore prima del solito, nell’introdurre le due chiavi tedesche nei buchi delle serrature [Rico] credette di udire strane grida nell’interno della casa; tese l’orecchio; guardò, infoscandosi, le finestre serrate... Chi cantava in casa sua? “Miserere d’un uomo che s’avvia...” Sua moglie? “Il Trovatore”?’, Novelle per un anno: Volume XII, 223.

8 With Sei personaggi in cerca d’autore and Ciascuno a suo modo (1924).

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