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Catone in Barga

Catone in Barga

Handel’s Catone is a pasticcio in the musical sense of the word since the divino sassone took an old Metastasian text, already used umpteen times by other composers, re-hashed it a bit and then set the arias to other composers’ music.

“Pasticcio” has to be one of Italy’s most multifariously used words. The exclamation “Che pasticcio!”, for example, depending on one’s tone and expression, could mean “what a great meat pie!” or “what a mess!”, or “what a botched up-job!” I would also add that it seems to me in my darker moment that the Italian […]