Psychological aspects of the musical-scene analysis of Beatrice, the character from Vincenzo Bellini’s Beatrice di Tenda
„In order to convince ourselves of who we are, we must convince other people too. Although questionable in real life, it is a tool in acting. Identity is a construction which helps me determine who is that I when I speak.” (Declan Donnellan, 2006, p. 84-85)
In Bellini’s works, for a precise embodiment of the characters, the interpreter is compelled to pay attention to everything that goes around him, to people’s reactions, to the words they utter and to the way crisis moments break. Knowing life and human soul are very important. His characters offer a profound search of human psyche.
Ion Radu-Tomșa shows that “personality is the object of many sciences, each approaching it differently. (2008, p. 7) In Pierre Janet’s view psychology is the science of human action, the science of conductor the study of man versus universe and mostly versus other men. Janet introduces in psychology the concept of conduct, which means the entire visible manifestations, oriented towards outside, as well as the entire invisible processes of organizing and regulating it. To be more precise, the conduct is the amount of an individual’s acts, from the most simple to the most complex, purpose oriented and full of meaning. In the French psychologist’s conception the conduct unifies and synchronizes in a unitary whole the behavior and the subjective interior life. In De l'angoisse à l'extase, études sur les croyances et les sentiments he wrote, ”We are compelled to conceive a psychology where the visible action from the outside is the fundamental phenomenon, and the interior thinking is the combination of these exterior actions in reduced and particular forms."(Pierre Janet,1975, p. 174)
Interpreting Bellini’s characters is even more difficult as any attempt to express a cliché or a stereotype, any moment of lack of real assumption of situations and concepts proposed, becomes extremely visible and discordant with the whole which has the precision of a music score. Their actions are triggered by past experiences and traumas, their words are the expression of a process of interior search or they have outbursts determined by the words or actions of those around them. His heroes are profoundly humane, their dramas can be, one way or the other, our dramas, joy and tears are part of life. The musical-dramatic structure of the characters is clear, the musical phrases, the way the characters express themselves, the way they respond to the others, their movement in space, are carefully thought and realized.
The character Beatrice, categorized as a heroic tragic type, is complex, difficult to interpret, from the vocal point of view as well as from the scene process
musical-scene analysis, music and emotion, creativity, Bellini, Beatrice