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In this third edition of the classic Verdi, renowned authority Julian Budden offers a comprehensive overview of Verdi the man and the artist, tracing his ascent from humble beginnings to the status of a cultural patriarch of the new Italy, whose cause he had done much to promote, and demonstrating the gradual enlargement over the years of his artistic vision. This concise study is an accessible, insightful, and engaging summation of Verdi scholarship, acquainting the non-specialist with the personal details ...
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Verdi

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Overview

In this third edition of the classic Verdi, renowned authority Julian Budden offers a comprehensive overview of Verdi the man and the artist, tracing his ascent from humble beginnings to the status of a cultural patriarch of the new Italy, whose cause he had done much to promote, and demonstrating the gradual enlargement over the years of his artistic vision. This concise study is an accessible, insightful, and engaging summation of Verdi scholarship, acquainting the non-specialist with the personal details Verdi's life, with the operatic world in which he worked, and with his political ideas, his intellectual vision, and his powerful means of communicating them through his music. In his survey of the music itself, Budden emphasizes the unique character of each work as well as the developing sophistication of Verdi's style. He covers all of the operas, the late religious works, the songs, and the string quartet. A glossary explains even the most obscure operatic terms current in Verdi's time.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199886630
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 3/5/2008
  • Series: Master Musicians Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 3
  • Sales rank: 951,910
  • File size: 6 MB

Meet the Author

Julian Budden, now deceased, served as the Chief Producer for Opera at BBC Radio as the President of the Centro Studi Giacomo Puccini, Lucca, Italy. In addition to his Master Musicians volume on Verdi, he is also the author of the Master Musicians biography of Puccini (OUP, 2002) as well as the three-volume The Operas of Verdi (OUP, 1978-1981, revised edition 1992).

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Table of Contents

Illustrations     xi
Key to Sigla     xiii
The Life
Early Life at Busseto     1
Success and Failure in Milan     14
The Journeyman     27
Florence, London and Paris     39
Return to Busseto     53
Viva V.E.R.D.I.     67
The New Order     83
The Dark Decade     106
Indian Summer     127
The Last Years     141
Verdi as Man and Artist     151
The Music
The Background     163
From Oberto to Ernani     168
Oberto
Conte di San Bonifacio
Un giorno di regno
Nabucco
I Lombardi alla prima crociata
Ernani
The Prison Years     185
I due Foscari
Giovanna d'Arco
Alzira
Attila
Macbeth
I masnadieri
Jerusalem
Il corsaro
La battaglia di Legnano
Luisa Miller
The High Noon     217
Stiffelio
Rigoletto
Il trovatore
La traviata
Towards Grand Opera     241
Les vepres siciliennes
Simon Boccanegra
Aroldo
Un ballo in maschera
La forza del destino
Don Carlos
Aida
The Final Masterpieces     292
Otello
Falstaff
Miscellaneous Operatic Compositions     309
Chamber Compositions     315
Choral and Religious Works     329
Appendices
Calendar     363
List of Works     379
Personalia     383
Select Bibliography     392
Glossary of Nineteenth-Century Operatic Terms     404
Index     407

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