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Description - The Complete Operas Of Puccini by Charles Osborne

While Puccini wrote only twelve operas during a long lifethree of them one-acters designed to be performed togetherhe has to be ranked today as the worlds most popular composer of opera. His La Bohme and Tosca are more frequently performed in the major opera houses than works by other composers, and Madame Butterfly and Manon Lescaut rank not far behind. What is the explanation for Puccini's enormous success? How do his operas work as music and drama? What was he like to contemporaries such as Verdi, Toscanini, and Caruso? Charles Osborne, author of highly successful Complete Operas of Verdi and Complete Operas of Mozart, here analyzes the entire Puccini oeuvrefrom Tosca and Turandot to the less-often performed Edgar, La Fanciulla del West, and La Rondine. His fourfold approachlinking biography with musical, textual, and dramatic analysisis especially valuable for Puccini, who revealed many of his personal contradictions in his music and whose sense of detail can be appreciated by close study of the scores and characters. For the legions of Puccini lovers everywhere, this guide to his life and work can serve as an ideal reference source and opera companion.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780306802003
ISBN-10: 0306802007
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 156mm x 17mm)
Pages: 288
Imprint: Da Capo Press Inc
Publish Date: 1-Aug-1983
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Charles Osborne

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.

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