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"La traviata" was initially far from a success, Verdi declared its 1853 premiere a "fiasco," and later reworked parts of five pieces in the first two acts, retaining the original setting for the rest. The first performance of the new version in 1854 was a tremendous success, and the opera was quickly taken up by theatres around the world. This critical edition presents the 1854 version as the main score, and also makes available the full score and the original 1853 settings of the revised pieces. For this text Fabrizio della Seta used the composer's autograph and many secondary sources, but also Verdi's previously unknown sketches. These sketches helped corroborate the original readings and illuminate the work's compositional stages. A detailed critical commentary discusses source problems and anbiguities.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780226853161
ISBN-10: 0226853160
Format: Hardback
(370mm x 270mm x 76mm)
Pages: 760
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 11-Sep-1997
Country of Publication: United States


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