From the Back Cover
"Unappreciated by most of his colleagues and unable to experience a fulfilling amorous relationship, this Chopin of opera felt drawn to the supernatural literature of German Romanticism and the incarnation of death in female form. Beginning with his opera Elda, Catalani created a prototype of the unearthly phantom luring the male to an all-embracing Liebestod. Loreley furthered the genre and La Wally - his spiritual testament - completed the cycle. A composerofdelicateand`otherworldly'music,Catalanidemandsthe re-evaluation that David Chandler herewith provides in a fascinating book which gathers together the earliest biographical writings on Catalani, the composer's earliest surviving letters, and some account of his cultural afterlife in the first age of recorded music. For anyone wanting to know more about Catalani, and the issues surrounding his career, this will be essential reading." --Konrad Dryden
Dr. Dryden is Professor of Music at the University of Maryland University College Europe and author of Ruggiero Leoncavallo: Life and Works, Franco Alfano: Transcending Turandot and Riccardo Zandonai: A Biography.