Belasco and Puccini: `Old Dog Tray' and the Zuni Indians

Atlas, Allen W.
September 1991
Musical Quarterly;Fall91, Vol. 75 Issue 3, p362
Academic Journal
Identifies one of the American sources for the Puccini opera `Fanciulla': the model for the song that the minstrel Jake Wallace sings near the beginning of act 1, and discusses the melody that Belasco used in his own Jake Wallace in the parallel scene of `The Girl of the Golden West.' A California folk song `Old Dog Tray'; Puccini's search for the `right atmosphere'; A Zuni ceremonial song `The Festive Sun-Dance,' published in 1904; Examples of the works; More.


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