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Gian Carlo Menotti : a bio-bibliography
Hixon, Donald L.
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Westport, CT : Greenwood Press, 2000.
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xii, 339 pages ; 24 cm.
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ML134.M533 H59 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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Gian Carlo Menotti is a composer known chiefly for his popular operas, including Amahl and the Night Visitors, The Medium, and The Consul. He also wrote a considerable amount of choral, instrumental and chamber music. This addition to the Greenwood Press series Bio-Bibliographies in Music serves as a reference guide to Menotti's career. A brief biographical sketch precedes a chronologically arranged bibliography of general writings by and about Menotti followed by a detailed list of works, alphabetically arranged. A bibliography of writings about specific compositions, complete with selected contemporary critical reviews, includes data on premiers and other significant performances and discographies of recordings.

Opera music scholars, along with Menotti fans, will appreciate this detailed guide to available research materials. Intended as a scholarly resource, this volume also includes two appendices, a chronological list of works and a genre list of works. An author index and a separate performer index are provided.

Author Notes

DONALD L. HIXON was Fine Arts Librarian Emeritus at the University of California, Irvine from 1968-1992. He is the author of Thea Musgrave: A Bio-Bibliography (Greenwood, 1984) and serves as Series Adviser for the Greenwood Press series, Bio-Bibliographies in Music.

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Choice Review

Sources of information about the works of popular and prolific composers like Menotti are infrequent and often unreliable. Hixon (librarian and author of volumes on Thea Musgrave and Ned Rorem in this series) has compiled a necessarily selective work that directs readers to biographical and analytical or review information about the works of Menotti. In recent years, at least two dissertations on Menotti and one book-length survey of his theatrical works, John Ardoin's The Stages of Menotti (CH, Sep'85), have appeared. Many citations in Hixon's book are drawn from general interest newspapers and periodicals, enhancing its value to smaller music collections. The bibliography is arranged alphabetically by titles of compositions, with appendixes that list them chronologically and by genre. Entries describing compositions give (as appropriate) librettists, instrumentation, premiere circumstances, and publication and manuscript data. Indexes are accurate and sympathetic to the function of the book. General and academic collections. C. A. Kolczynski; Boston Public Library

Table of Contents

Biography General
Works and Performances
Appendix A Chronological List of Works
Appendix B Genre List of Works Author
Index Performer