Performing Sentiment; or, How to Do Things with Tears

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Description: Paisiello was out of favor with Ferdinando, the king of Naples, for his strong connections to Napoleon during the political upheavals of the past two decades, and his reputation was in eclipse. Since he had lost his French pension as well as his stipend from the grand duchess of Russia with Napoleon's defeat, he was also experiencing financial difficulties. According to Luigi Cassino, a Dominican priest and one of Paisiello's eulogizers, "The last rites were celebrated with the greatest pomp and exclusively with compositions by the illustrious deceased, because who if not Paisiello was able to bestow homage on himself!"2 The postfuneral obsequies sustained the same tone: a memorial volume of poetry, letters, and essays - the Onori funebri renduti alla memoria di Giovanni Paisiello, edited by Giovanni Battista Gagliardo and published that same year - praised and lamented the composer in language that self-consciously mirrored the tropes of sentimental opera and fiction.
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