Historical novels: Waverley

August 16 2010

Waverley, or ’Tis Sixty Years Since 1814 (Perthshire 1745–46)

Guy Mannering, or The Astrologer 1815 (Galloway 1760-65, 1781-82)

The Antiquary 1816 (Angus 1790s)

Tales of My Landlord, First Series 1816:
The Black Dwarf (Borders 1707)
The Tale of Old Mortality (Southern Scotland 1679-89)

Rob Roy 1818 (Loch Lomond and environs 1715-16)

Tales of My Landlord, Second Series 1818:
The Heart of Midlothian (Edinburgh and Richmond, London 1736)

Tales of My Landlord, Third Series 1819:
The Bride of Lammermoor (East Lothian 1709-11)
A Legend of Montrose (Highlands 1644-45)

Ivanhoe 1819 (Yorkshire, Leicestershire 1194)

The Monastery 1820 (Borders 1547-57)

The Abbot 1820 (various in Scotland 1567-68)

Kenilworth 1821 (Southern England 1575)

The Pirate 1822 (Shetland, Orkney late 17th century)

The Fortunes of Nigel 1822 (London and Greenwich 1616-18)

Peveril of the Peak 1822 (Derbyshire, Isle of Man, London 1658-80)

Quentin Durward 1823 (Tours, Péronne, Liège 1468)

St Ronan’s Well 1824 (Southern Scotland 1800s)

Redgauntlet 1824 (Southern Scotland, Cumberland 1766)

Tales of the Crusaders 1825:
The Betrothed (Wales, Gloucester 1187-92)
The Talisman (Syria 1191)

Woodstock, or The Cavalier 1826 (Woodstock, Windsor, Brussels in the Spanish Netherlands 1652)

Chronicles of the Canongate, First Series 1827 (stories):
The Highland Widow
The Two Drovers
The Surgeon’s Daughter

Chronicles of the Canongate, Second Series 1828:
St Valentine’s Day, or The Fair Maid of Perth (Perthshire 1396)

The Keepsake Stories 1828 (stories):
My Aunt Margaret’s Mirror
The Tapestried Chamber
Death of the Laird’s Jock

Anne of Geierstein, or The Maiden in the Mist 1829 (Switzerland, Eastern France 1474-77)

Tales of My Landlord, Fourth Series 1831:
Count Robert of Paris (Constantinople, Scutari 1097)
Castle Dangerous (Kirkcudbrightshire 1307)


Walter Scott in music. Among much else: songs by Beethoven, Schubert, Mendelssohn; Waverley and Rob Roy overtures by Berlioz.

Best-known half-dozen operas out of dozens:

Rossini La donna del lago 1819 (after the poem)
Boieldieu La dame blanche 1825 (after several of the novels)
Bellini I Puritani 1835 (after Old Mortality)
Donizetti Lucia di Lammermoor 1835
Bizet La jolie fille de Perth 1867
Sullivan Ivanhoe 1891

Maria Callas as Lucia in the mad scene, Städtische Oper Berlin, Herbert von Karajan, Coro del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, RIAS (Rundfunksender im amerikanischen Sektor) Sinfonie-Orchester Berlin, either September 29 or October 2 1955 … two of the great evenings of her career

3 Responses to “Historical novels: Waverley”

  1. davidderrick Says:

    Rest of the Berlin cast:

    Giuseppe di Stefano
    Rolando Panerai
    Nicola Zaccaria
    Giuseppe Zampieri
    Luisa Villa
    Mario Carlin

    On the second night, di Stefano was replaced by Giuseppe Zampieri in the final scene.

  2. davidderrick Says:

    Rossini’s Ivanhoé was a pastiche opera for Paris with a French libretto, put together from material from other operas, with his permission, presumably to cash in on the craze for Scott.

    There is no Scott in Verdi other than hints of The Betrothed and The Lady of the Lake in Aroldo.

  3. davidderrick Says:

    The obsession went beyond Scott, of course. Has anyone been able to explain the Japanese fascination with Scotland?

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