bhaesler at bigpond.net.au
Tue Jun 28 22:53:45 PDT 2011
For those who are are still following this recent thread, I did some research from the operatic side of the subject and came up with some more interesting things.
It has been claimed that the tune's opening phrase resembles that of Giacomo Puccini's aria "E lucevan le stele", from the opera Tosca, but in the major key. The remaining 30 bars do not. Puccini's publishers sued the song's composers in 1921 for use of the melody, and "were awarded $25,000 and all subsequent royalties of the song by the court". [It appears to have been later settled out of court. Refer below.]
Here is the original "E lucevan le stelle", sung by Leo Slezak in 1913 for Edison Records:
I must be listening in the wrong place, as I can't hear "Avalon'.
The court obviously did:
The following sites provide additional interesting information:
And here is Chris Tyle's article:
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