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on 9 March 2008
Though I regret the absence of an English book dealing exclusively with the operas and wish that such a work were written by Osborne, I recommend this 400-page updated edition of his 1985 Master Musicians study without hesitation to all Rossini fans. The format (true to the title) balances, almost ideally, life (17 chapters) and works (23): if only the author's analysis of the latter - especially my beloved operatic rarities - were longer... The appendixes feature a calendar, list of works, personalia, and select bibliography. Wrapped in a glossy dust-jacket showing Rossini at his handsomest, the book contains b/w photos and musical examples. Even if you're simply wondering about Stendhal's fascination with the Italian composer's life and works, Osborne won't let you down you in this respect.