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Budden, Julian.
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Publication Information:
New York : Schirmer Books, 1996.

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xi, 404 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
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Originally published: London : J.M. Dent, 1985.
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Central Library ML410.V4 B9 1985 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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The twenty-six operas of Giuseppe Verdi are among the world's best-loved music. In works such as Rigoletto, Il trovatore, La traviata, and Aida, Verdi developed the musical language of high Romanticism that still speaks to listeners around the world. And Verdi's life story was just as full of the twists and turns, tragedies and scandals, and unexpected events of the most romantic of his operas. But above all else, the story of Verdi's life is the story of his work; he was still challenging himself to expand his artistic horizons at the age of 79, when he completed his last opera, Falstaff.
-- The best one-volume introduction to the most popular of all composers
-- Includes his complete life story and analysis of his most famous works

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Choice Review

Completed by Roger Parker after Budden's death in 2007, this third edition of a work first published in 1985 is more than just an informed piece of scholarship. It is practically a work of literature, with its fluid, elegant style. The book assumes considerable knowledge of operatic terminology and conventions: the brief glossary serves only as reminder but not as starting point for understanding such terminology as "cabaletta," and the appendix offering brief biographical sketches does not include everyone mentioned in the text (most notably omitting composers). The book does offer a detailed view into the life of one of Western music's greats--a view that places the reader in the society and culture of Verdi's time (whether bordello-like Milano or peasant-filled Busseto) and includes discussion of contemporaneous musical organizations and publishing practices. The essays in the second half of the book review Verdi's compositions, offering quick but detailed looks at how each contributes to the composer's personal and compositional development. These discussions add significantly to understanding of this complex, long-lived figure, who dominated the 19th-century Italian musical scene. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty. C. A. Traupman-Carr Moravian College

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