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verismo

[vuh-riz-moh; Italian ve-reez-maw] /vəˈrɪz moʊ; Italian vɛˈriz mɔ/
noun
1.
the use of everyday life and actions in artistic works: introduced into opera in the early 1900s in reaction to contemporary conventions, which were seen as artificial and untruthful.
Origin
1905-1910
1905-10; < Italian: realism, equivalent to ver(o) true (< Latin vērus) + -ismo -ism
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verismo

/vɛˈrɪzməʊ; Italian veˈrismo/
noun
1.
(music) a school of composition that originated in Italian opera towards the end of the 19th century, drawing its themes from real life and emphasizing naturalistic elements. Its chief exponent was Puccini
Word Origin
C19: from Italian; see verism
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(Italian: "realism"), literary realism as it developed in Italy in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Its primary exponents were the Sicilian novelists Luigi Capuana and Giovanni Verga. The realist movement arose in Europe after the French Revolution and the realist influence reached Capuana and Verga particularly through the writings of Balzac and Zola in France and of the scapigliatura milanese (see scapigliatura, "Milanese bohemianism") group in Italy. Verismo's overriding aim was the objective presentation of life, usually of the lower classes, using direct, unadorned language, explicit descriptive detail, and realistic dialogue.

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