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Vincenzo Bellini: the swan of music
by Claudio Paterna
Hello friends, today we are talking about Vincenzo Bellini, the great Sicilian opera composer.
We are in Villa Giulia, in Palermo and at my back you can admire the statue of the swan of music, as Bellini was said.
In Palermo there are also a theater and a conservatory named after him
Bellini was born in Catania in November 3rd, 1901.
His hometown has dedicated to him the theatre, a square, a street, the airport and the public garden.
His father was a teacher of music and certainly influenced his son’s musical inspiration.
The young Bellini proved to be extremely capable in the musical field since his early age.
He was immediately known throughout Italy with the opera I capuleti ed i Montecchi.
Subsequently he composed the Sonnambula and then the triumphs follow one another with the Norma, also famous for a good gastronomic dish typical of the city of Catania.
He was often collaborated by the librettist Felice Romani.
His last work, before his early death, was I Puritani written in 1835.
It was said that he was a great womanizer, indeed that women led him to an early death.
Even some of his fellow musicians proposed an autopsy of the body, as if to exclude natural death.
Certainly he left a practically unbridgeable void.
For us Sicilians he will always remain an immortal teacher.
Author: Claudio Paterna, Cultural Department of Splendid Sicily