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Puccini Companion: Essays on Puccini's Life and Music [Paperback]

William Weaver , Simonetta Puccini

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1 May 1962
In this book, William Weaver, writer on musical subjects and translator from the Italian, joins forces with Simonetta Puccini, granddaughter of the great composer, to bring together a selection of articles and photographs concerning Puccini's life and works. Subjects covered include the intimate details of Puccini's family life, the racist politics behind the creation of "Madam Butterfly", Puccini's fascination with American culture and the changes that early recording technology sparked in turn-of-the-century operatic performance style.

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  • Paperback: 452 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; New edition edition (1 May 1962)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393320529
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393320527
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 15.3 x 23.1 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 293,833 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"It contains a gold-mine of background to the operas, fascinating details about their genesis and early productions--particularly the less familiar ones--written by a roster of distinguished musicologists." (The Times) "...a fascinating selection of articles and photographs concerning Puccini's life and works." (Gramophone) "An extremely enjoyable portrait emerges of the last great songsmith of Italian opera." -- Reviews

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Simonetta Puccini, daughter of the composer's son Antonio, is the only direct descendant of Giacomo. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars Digging below the surface of a complex genius's life work 31 Mar 2013
By William Fregosi - Published on Amazon.com
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The Companion is a collection of generally fascinating and tremendously informative essays about various aspects of the development of each of Puccini's operas by scholars who write in an accessible manner. The composer's granddaughter is one of the editors. No effort is spared to shed clear light on the often confusing genesis of a beloved body of work often subjected by its composer to endless revisions. Puccini was a complex, sometimes deeply conflicted man and this book helps unravel the confusing but always interesting story of how his operas came to be.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Puccini Companion 3 Nov 2012
By Eliane Reinhold - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent and informative. I am interested in Toscanini's relationship with Puccini. I found this book most revealing and helpful. I was fascinated by their character opposites.
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