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Giacomo Puccini : Tosca - Mosco Carner

Giacomo Puccini


Paperback Published: 31st October 1985
ISBN: 9780521296618
Number Of Pages: 176

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This book is intended primarily as a guide for the opera goer. It includes a synopsis of the plot, with indications of the themes and motifs used in it, and discusses the style of the opera, Tosca being a typical example of Italian naturalism in operas, verismo. It compares Puccini's libretto with Sardou's play La Tosca, analyses the close-knit structure of the work and examines salient points in the music. It also describes the genesis of the work (quoting wherever appropriate, Puccini's own remarks about it), its first production and early reception. A subsidiary aim of the book is to present the opinions, positive and negative, that have been expressed by various critics about the opera since its first production in 1900. There are contributions from the celebrated singer and producer of Tosca Tito Gobbi, and two other musicologists, Roger Parker and William Ashbrook. Malcolm Walker has provided a discography.

General preface
List of illustrations
Sardou and his
Naturalism in opera: verismo
Genesis of Tosca
Play and opera: a comparison
First production and critical history
Interpretation: some reflections
Style and technique
Musical and dramatic structure
Analysis: Act I in perspective
Tosca in the United States
Select bibliography
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ISBN: 9780521296618
ISBN-10: 0521296617
Series: Cambridge Opera Handbooks
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 176
Published: 31st October 1985
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.64 x 13.84  x 1.04
Weight (kg): 0.24