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  • Leoncavallo, Ruggiero 1858-1919. Italian composer who wrote the opera Pagliacci (1892).


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  • Ruggero Leoncavallo Milan, Italy, 1892Considered the stronger half of the popular "Cav and Pag" double bill, Pagliacci the clowns is Leoncavallo's one surviving hit, usually paired with Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana.

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  • The clowns : from the opera "I pagliacci" of Leoncavallo /Milwaukie, Or.

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  • Scallen22: Pagliacci (the composer's name is Leoncavallo).

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  • And there the society of which Leoncavallo was president, gave him a dinner, at which the conversation turned principally on the beauties of the Italian climate and the glories of her historic past.

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  • One of them was the arrival of the Italian composer, Leoncavallo, in Berlin, to hand the Emperor the text of the opera "Der Roland von Berlin," Leoncavallo had composed at the

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  • Another telegram went to the composer Leoncavallo in

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  • Brandenburg, and on which Leoncavallo, at the Emperor's request, wrote the opera 'Der Roland von Berlin,' shows the

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  • Leoncavallo was executed in Italy, it excited a transport of enthusiasm almost surpassing that of "Cavalleria", so that Berlin and Leipsic brought the opera on the stage as quickly as possible, and Dresden followed their example on January 22nd 1893, with the same great success.

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  • In Leoncavallo the feeling of artistic form is more developed.

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  • They would like him better if he were not popular; if he concerned himself, not with Puccini and Leoncavallo, but with those pretentiously subtle triflers, Debussy and his followers.

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