Pasticcio

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Pasticcio (Fine Arts) A falsified work of art, as a vase or statue made up of parts of original works, with missing parts supplied.
    • Pasticcio A medley; an olio.
    • Pasticcio (Fine Arts) A work of art imitating directly the work of another artist, or of more artists than one.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pasticcio A medley; a hotchpotch; a farrago; specifically, in music, an opera, cantata, or similar work made up of detached numbers from various works, even by different authors, but arranged as if intended to form a continuous dramatic work, a special libretto being usually written for the music; a medley, olio, ballad-opera, etc.
    • n pasticcio In painting, a picture painted in direct imitation of the style and manner of some other than the artist; also, such an imitation of style.
    • n pasticcio In decorative art, a copy of any design modified by the material or the purpose of the copy.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
It., fr. pasta,. See Paste

Usage

In literature:

Here is the Mazarin architecture, the wretched Italian pasticcio of the Four Nations.
"Notre-Dame de Paris" by Victor Hugo
In the following year he produced 'Piramo e Tisbe,' a pasticcio, which failed completely.
"The Opera" by R.A. Streatfeild
His masses were pasticcio work made up of pieces selected from his operas and other compositions.
"Great Italian and French Composers" by George T. Ferris
His masses were pasticcio work made up of pieces selected from his operas and other compositions.
"Great Musical Composers" by George T. Ferris
I have written at some length on this musical "pasticcio," as this kind of opera is called, because it presents strange points of interest.
"Shakespeare and Music" by Christopher Wilson
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