Puccini without Excuses
A Refreshing Reassessment of the World's Most Popular Composer
By (author) William Berger
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Puccini without Excuses by William Berger
Book DescriptionPuccini is the most beloved composer of opera in the world: one quarter of all opera performances in the U.S. are of his operas, his music pervades movie soundtracks, and his plots have infiltrated our popular culture. But, although Puccini s art still captivates audiences and the popularity of such works as "Tosca, La Boh?me, " and "Madama Butterfly" has never waned, he has long been a victim of critical snobbery and cultural marginalization.In this witty and informative guide for beginners and fans alike, William Berger sets the record straight, reclaiming Puccini as a serious artist. Combining his trademark irreverent humor with passionate enthusiasm, Berger strikes just the right balance of introductory information and thought-provoking analysis. He includes a biography, discussions of each opera, a glossary, fun facts and anecdotes, and above all keen insight into Puccini s enduring power. For anyone who loves Puccini and for anyone who just wonders what all the fuss is about, "Puccini Without Excuses" is funny, challenging, and always a pleasure to read. INCLUDES: _ Why Puccini s art and its message of hope is crucial to our world today_ How Anglo audiences often miss the mythic significance of his operas_ The use of his music as shorthand in films, from "A Room with a View "to "Fatal Attraction"_ A scene-by scene analysis of each opera_ A guide to the wealth of available recordings, books, and videos"
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781400077786
(202mm x 135mm x 27mm)
Imprint: Vintage Books
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Publish Date: 1-Nov-2005
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author William Berger
Verdi with a Vengeance, Paperback (November 2001)» View all books by William Berger
Provides background on the artist's childhood and struggle with success, scene-by-scene analyses of such operas as Aida, La traviata, and Don Carlos, and a discussion on his musical recordings.
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Author Biography - William Berger
William Berger was born in California and studied Romance languages and music at the University of California at Santa Cruz. He worked for five years at the San Francisco Opera Company, where he acquired for the company s recorded music collection. He is the author of "Wagner Without Fear: Learning to Love and Even Enjoy Opera s Most Demanding Genius "and "Verdi With a Vengeance: An Energetic Guide to the Life and Complete Works of the King of Opera. "He is a frequent lecturer and radio commentator and has recently been a regular host for New York Public Radio s "Overnight Music. "He has written libretti, performance pieces, and articles on a wide variety of topics including architecture, religion, and, of course, music. He is a music host for WNYC radio and lives in New York."
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