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The story of Giuseppe Verdi : Oberto to Un ballo in maschera
Baldini, Gabriele, 1919-1969.
Publication Information:
Cambridge [Eng.] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1980.
Physical Description:
xx, 296 pages : portrait ; 23 cm
General Note:
Translation of Abitare la battaglia.

"The operas of Verdi": p. 289-290.

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Abitare la battaglia, Gabriele Baldini's study of the operas of Verdi from Oberto to Un ballo in maschera, has, since its posthumous publication in 1970, received much critical acclaim both in Italy and elsewhere. Its lack of technical language makes it easily accessible to the general music lover, but its original and sometimes controversial ideas have stimulated a great deal of discussion among Verdi specialists. The book's central concern is to present an analysis of Verdi the musical dramatist, and its conclusions constitute a radical reassessment of the vexed relationship between opera and literary form, between words and music. As Julian Budden says in his foreword: 'It blows a breath of fresh air into the weary platitudes of traditional Verdian criticism.' This English translation, The Story of Giuseppe Verdi, includes some new editorial additions, bringing various factual matters into line with recent Verdi scholarship. But the book's discussion of the music is always left to speak for itself. While many of the comments may offend the purist, they are always based on a profound knowledge and love of Verdi's operatic masterpieces as seen on the stage. They rarely fail to stimulate the reader into thinking more deeply about this immensely rich repertoire.

Table of Contents

Julian Budden
Forewordp. vii
Preface to the English Editionp. ix
Preface to the Italian Editionp. xiv
Abbreviations Used in the Textp. xx
Book I
Chapter 1 Le Roncole and Bussetop. 3
Chapter 2 The Milan Conservatoriop. 13
Chapter 3 Milan and Lavignap. 22
Chapter 4 Margherita Barezzip. 31
Book II
Chapter 1 Oberto and Un giorno di regnop. 39
Chapter 2 Nabucco and I Lombardi alla prima crociatap. 49
Chapter 3 Ernani to Attilap. 69
Chapter 4 Macbeth and I Masnadierip. 109
Chapter 5 Jerusalem to La battaglia di Legnanop. 135
Book III
Chapter 1 Luisa Millerp. 157
Chapter 2 Rigolettop. 170
Chapter 3 La Traviatap. 184
Chapter 4 Biographical interludep. 203
Chapter 5 Il Trovatorep. 209
Chapter 6 I vespri siciliani and Aroldop. 231
Chapter 7 Un ballo in mascherap. 245
Appendix (Book IV Unfinished)
Chapter 1 The later Verdip. 275
Chapter 2 (unfinished) La forza del destinop. 278
A List of Verdi's Operasp. 289
Indexp. 291