Puccini's "Turandot": The End of the Great Tradition

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Unfinished at Puccini's death in 1924, "Turandot" was not only his most ambitious work, but it became the last Italian opera to enter the international repertory. In this colorful study two renowned music scholars demonstrate that despite the modern climate in which the work was written, it was a fitting finale for the centuries-old Great Tradition of Italian opera.
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Overview

Unfinished at Puccini's death in 1924, "Turandot" was not only his most ambitious work, but it became the last Italian opera to enter the international repertory. In this colorful study two renowned music scholars demonstrate that despite the modern climate in which the work was written, it was a fitting finale for the centuries-old Great Tradition of Italian opera.
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Puccini's final work, Turandot (1926), which was completed posthumously, is the last of the great Italian operas to enter the standard repertoire. Puccini had heard Stravinsky and Schoenberg by the 1920s, and he incorporated artistic trends of the day into his new opera. Ashbrook (humanities, Indiana State Univ.) and Powers (music, Princeton Univ.) examine the use of dissonance and exotic themes as well as Puccini's more melodic previous works in relation to the characters, with special emphasis on the two soprano-tenor duets. Turandot 's literary and musical roots, staging, and performance histories are investigated with convincing, richly detailed insights. Yet the many musical examples will be of little significance to readers not familiar with music scores and music theory. For collections supporting serious opera studies.-- James E. Ross, Seattle, Wash.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691027128
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 4/3/1991
  • Series: Princeton Studies in Opera Series
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.59 (d)

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