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Verdi in the Age of Italian Romanticism : Cambridge Paperback Library - David R. B. Kimbell

Verdi in the Age of Italian Romanticism

Cambridge Paperback Library

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Published: 30th September 1985
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Professor Kimbell's classic study illuminates the first fifteen years of Verdi's composing career, the era that culminated in his trio of masterpieces, Rigoletto, Il Trovatore and La Traviata. Verdi had become an acknowledged master of the peculiar brand of Romanticism that flourished in Italy in the 1830s and 40s; this background is examined in its political, social and literary light, and his consequent transformation of Italian operatic conventions is analysed. The four parts of Professor Kimbell's book range over biographical, documentary, literary and close-analytical ground. Attention is given to individual operas in order to show how Verdi assimilated and developed the Romantic tradition in his work.

'Professor Kimbell demonstrates that there is a great deal to be added to our knowledge of Verdi, his times, and his works.' Notes ' ... it constantly stimulates thought, Kimbell utters many perceptive judgements, and few that are not supported by sound evidence and a fine critical discrimination.' Music and Letters ' ... a magnificent exposition of this momentous operatic revolution.' The Times Educational Supplement

Preface
The Setting
Verdi's Italy
Theatrical censorship
The operatic experience
Dramatic principles and musical form in early ottocento opera
A Documentary History of the Early Operas
Launching a career
The genesis of an opera - Ernani
Two overcrowded years
Verdi the idealist - the Florence Macbeth
Opera as a business
Collaboration with Cammarano
Bouts with the censor
Giuseppina's operas - Il Trovatore and La Traviata
The Development of Verdi's Musical Language
The first operas - Oberto and Un Giorno di Regno
Italian grand opera - Nabucco and I Lombardi alla Prima Crociata
The early 'galley' operas - Ernani to Attila
Macbeth and its satellites
Verdi a la parisienne - Jerusalem and La Battaglia di Legnano
Luisa Miller and Stiffelio
'The popular trilogy' - Rigoletto, Il Trovatore, La Traviata
The Operas
Nabucco, a risorgimento opera
Verdi and French Romanticism - Ernani
Byronismo - I Due Foscari and Il Corsaro
The impact of Shakespeare - the Florence Macbeth
La Battaglia di Legnano - the opera of the revolution
Essays with Schiller
The originality of Rigoletto
Verdi and 'realism' - La Traviata
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521316781
ISBN-10: 0521316782
Series: Cambridge Paperback Library
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 720
Published: 30th September 1985
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 4.0
Weight (kg): 1.04