Monday Morning Music
Matthew Martin 8/11/2014 08:00:00 AM
I deliberately chose a version that cuts off where it does, because the rest of Desdemona's solo was a shockingly bad artistic choice on Verdi's part. Not only does the subsequent Ave Maria aria interupt the dramatic action, more or less ruining the entire scene, it is also bad music--bad even when compared to other settings of Ave Maria. I can only assume that Verdi added the bit to make us empathize with what Otello is about to do--after sitting through such a bad setting of Ave Maria I wanted to strangle Desdemona myself.