Verdi: A Biography

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Verdi was one of the greatest, the most successful, and the longest-lived of all composers. Nearly a century after his death, many of his operas remain in the standard repertory, and some, such as Rigoletto, Il trovatore, La traviata, and Aida, are among the most popular of all operas. Written with the full collaboration of the Verdi family and drawing on a wide range of sources, this is an authoritative re-examination of a long, vigorous, and varied life. The author captures Verdi's tremendous energy, ...
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Verdi was one of the greatest, the most successful, and the longest-lived of all composers. Nearly a century after his death, many of his operas remain in the standard repertory, and some, such as Rigoletto, Il trovatore, La traviata, and Aida, are among the most popular of all operas. Written with the full collaboration of the Verdi family and drawing on a wide range of sources, this is an authoritative re-examination of a long, vigorous, and varied life. The author captures Verdi's tremendous energy, creativity, and philanthropy, and offers fresh insights into the complexities involved in the composition and production of his operas. She also explores his possessive love for his home region and his tireless devotion to his farmlands, and examines Verdi's professional and personal relationships, particularly with Giuseppina Strepponi, his mistress and later wife. The first major biography of Verdi for a generation, this is a fitting study of a great composer and a great patriot of Italian nationalism.

Many books have been written about Verdi's music, yet few have sufficiently covered Verdi the man. Now, in Verdi: A Biography, Phillips-Matz brings readers the result of more than 30 years' research on the life of this colossus of Italy. "A detailed portrait, based on remarkable detective work (and) serious scholarship."--Chicago Tribune. of photos. Map.

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"A detailed portrait, based on remarkable detective work, [and] serious scholarship....This is an important and revelatory book; we will be in the author's debt for years to come."--Chicago Tribune

"This study goes to the head of the class of English-language Verdi biographies"--Opera News

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Based on more than 30-years of research and drawing on both public and private archives, this biography of the great Italian composer is unprecedented in its unraveling of the facts and legends of his life and in portraying the man and his times. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780198166009
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 12/19/1996
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 994
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 9.13 (h) x 2.14 (d)

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Mary Jane Phillips-Matz is Cofounder and Executive Board Member of the American Institute for Verdi Studies at New York University.

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