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Giuseppe Verdi : Falstaff - James A. Hepokoski

Giuseppe Verdi


Paperback Published: 9th January 1984
ISBN: 9780521280167
Number Of Pages: 192

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This book is a compact, up-to-date guide to the history and construction of Verdi's last - and possibly greatest - opera. Incorporating the findings of the most recent research, it provides performers, opera enthusiasts, students and scholars alike with a reliable summary of what is currently known about the work. The book gives a full synopsis of the plot and a detailed account both of Verdi's aims in composing the opera and of how he actually composed it: which portions were difficult for him, which he considered crucial, which were afterthoughts, etc. Special attention is given to separating the three versions of Falstaff that Verdi approved - versions that are still confused in almost all performances today. Professor Hepokoski also supplies extensive discussions of Boito's derivation of the plot and text from Shakespeare (and others); of the musical technique and structure of Falstaff; and of Verdi's own guidelines for interpretation, staging and singing. A guide to critical assessments of the opera illustrates the widely differing receptions the opera has had in the twentieth century, and a concluding essay by Graham Bradshaw discusses Shakespearean aspects of both Otello and Falstaff. The book contains a bibliography, a discography (by Malcolm Walker), illustrations of the original stage designs and costumes, and extensive musical examples.

The forging of the libretto
The composition of the opera
Milan, Rome and Paris: three versions of Falstaff
Musical technique and structure
The interpretation of Falstaff: Verdi's guidelines
A brief stage history
A guide to critical assessments and interpretations
Epilogue Graham Bradshaw
Discography Malcolm Walker
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ISBN: 9780521280167
ISBN-10: 0521280168
Series: Cambridge Opera Handbooks
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 9th January 1984
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.49 x 13.77  x 1.25
Weight (kg): 0.27