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Cambridge Companions to Music : The Cambridge Companion to Verdi - Scott L. Balthazar

Cambridge Companions to Music

The Cambridge Companion to Verdi

By: Scott L. Balthazar (Editor)

Paperback Published: 27th January 2005
ISBN: 9780521635356
Number Of Pages: 366

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This Companion provides a biographical, theatrical, and social-cultural background for Verdi's music, examines in detail important general aspects of its style and method of composing, and synthesizes stylistic themes in discussions of representative works. Aspects of Verdi's milieu, style, creative process, and critical reception are explored in essays by highly reputed specialists. Individual chapters address themes in Verdi's life, his role in transforming the theater business, and his relationship to Italian Romanticism and the Risorgimento. Chapters on four operas representative of the different stages of Verdi's career, Ernani, Rigoletto, Don Carlos, and Otello synthesize analytical themes introduced in the more general chapters and illustrate the richness of Verdi's creativity. The Companion also includes chapters on Verdi's non-operatic songs and other music, his creative process, and scholarly writing about Verdi from the nineteenth-century to the present day.

'...offers many hours of thoroughly delectable and mostly instructive reading.' Nineteenth-Century Music Review

List of music examples
List of tables
Notes on contributors
Preface
Chronology
Personal, Cultural, and Political Context
Verdi's life: a thematic biography
The Italian theater of Verdi's day
Verdi, Italian Romanticism and the Risorgimento
The Style of Verdi's Operas and Non-Operatic Works
The forms of set pieces
New currents in the libretto
Words and music
French influences
Structural coherence
Instrumental music in Verdi's operas
Verdi's non-operatic works
Essays on Representative Operas
Ernani: the tenor in transformation
'Ch'hai di nuovo, buffon?' or what's new with
Verdi's Don Carlos: an overview of the opera
Desdemona's alienation and Otello's fall
Creation and Critical Reception
An introduction to Verdi's working methods
Verdi criticism Gregory Harwood
List of Verdi's operas
Notes
Verdi's Works
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521635356
ISBN-10: 0521635357
Series: Cambridge Companions to Music
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 366
Published: 27th January 2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.7 x 17.4  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.58