Giuseppe Verdi: Falstaff

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521280167
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1984
  • Series: Cambridge Opera Handbooks Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,247,940
  • Product dimensions: 5.43 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Synopsis; 2. The forging of the libretto; 3. The composition of the opera; 4. Milan, Rome and Paris: three versions of Falstaff; 5. Musical technique and structure; 6. The interpretation of Falstaff: Verdi's guidelines; 7. A brief stage history; 8. A guide to critical assessments and interpretations; Epilogue Graham Bradshaw; Bibliography; Discography Malcolm Walker; Index.

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