Di una ricorrente reminiscenza beethoveniana in Bellini
For the revision of Bianca e Gernando, entitled Bianca e Fernando (1828), Vincenzo Bellini
composed a new chorus in which he quotes almost literally the first movement of Beethoven’s Piano Sonata Op. 27,
N. 2, “Moonlight”. Later, he would reuse the same music in Zaira (1829) and in Norma (1831). In this Sonata
Bellini found a brilliant and modern usage of the same compositional techniques he was taught in Naples, but his
reworking of Beethoven’s music is highly personal. He was also probably influenced by the so-called ‘moonlight
convention’ that was spreading in Europe’s musical world.
Bianca e Fernando – Bianca e Gernando – Zaira – Norma – Bellini and Beethoven – Beethoven’s Piano Sonata Op. 27, N. 2, “Moonlight” – Moonlight convention