Puccini Companion

Puccini Companion

by William Weaver
     
 

ISBN-10: 0393320529

ISBN-13: 9780393320527

Pub. Date: 05/01/1962

Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.

This informative volume offers 27 photographs and drawings, select bibliographies, a chronology of Puccini’s life and works, a dramatis personae of the countless individuals who played a role in Puccini’s career, a list of first performances, and plot summaries of all the operas.
What forces helped shape the output of this high-living, often arrogant

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This informative volume offers 27 photographs and drawings, select bibliographies, a chronology of Puccini’s life and works, a dramatis personae of the countless individuals who played a role in Puccini’s career, a list of first performances, and plot summaries of all the operas.
What forces helped shape the output of this high-living, often arrogant, but immensely talented composer? This fascinating collection includes Simonetta Puccini's essay full of intimate details about her family, as well as writings by experts on the racist politics behind the creation of Madama Butterfly; Puccini's fascination with American culture as exemplified in Fanciulla del West; his grappling with twentieth-century musical practices in Trittico and Turandot; and the changes that early recording technology sparked in turn-of-the-century operatic performance style.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393320527
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
05/01/1962
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
452
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.91(d)

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Table of Contents

Introduction
The Puccini Family3
The Musical World of the Young Puccini39
Le Villi, Edgar, and the "Symphonic Element"61
Puccini's Manon and His Other Heroines111
Manon, Mimi, Artu122
La Jeunesse Qui N'a Qu'un Temps: La Boheme and Its Origins142
Tosca and Pessimism154
Lieutenant F. B. Pinkerton: Problems in the Genesis and Performance of Madama Butterfly169
Puccini's America202
Giacomo Puccini's Trittico and the Twentieth Century228
La Rondine244
Turandot and the Theatrical Aesthetics of the Twentieth Century265
The Nonoperatic Works of Giacomo Puccini279
Early Puccini Performance: A Condition of Transition303
Puccini: A Bibliographical Sketch315
A Select Bibliography of Articles and Dissertations About Puccini and His Operas327
A Chronology of Puccini's Life and Works335
Appendix A: Dramatis Personae359
Appendix B: First Performances of Puccini Operas387
Appendix C: Plot Summaries393
Index413

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