The Complete Operas of Verdi Paperback – 1 Dec 1961
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From the Back Cover
The Complete Operas of Verdi is the first full-length study of all of Verdi's operas. This work of the brilliant British music critic Charles Osborne covers Verdi's complete operatic oeuvre- including the missing choral works, songs, a string quartet, and the Messa da Requiem. The Shakespeare's Falstaff and Othello, show how the legendary composer added both depth and dignity to the Italian operatic repertoire. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
Charles Osborne, well-known British musicologist, critic, and broadcaster, is the author of "The Concert Companion, Richard Wagner and His World, The Complete Operas of Verdi, The Complete Operas of Mozart, " and other works. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
The writing is somewhat partisan, with some occasional digs at Puccini and Wagner, but that partisanship often translates into genuine enthusiasm for the subject, and makes for a continuously engaging read.
If you are a Verdi fan, particularly if you are newly discovering his works, you will certainly love this book.
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I have owned a copy of this work for over ten years. Having read the work from cover to cover several times, I cannot begin to guess how many times I have referred to individual chapters for reference. Mr. Osborne writes in a style which is easy to read for the Opera fanatic, as well as the scholar. The work contains chapters on each of Verdi's operas (including those which are relatively obscure in The United States). He gives background on the original sources as well as the contemporary historic events of the time.
I reccommend this book without reservation.