OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS

Verdi

ISBN : 9780190273989

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¥5,533
Author: 
Julian Budden
Pages
440 Pages
Format
Paperback
Size
158 x 235 mm
Pub date
Feb 2016
Series
Master Musicians Series
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In this third edition of the classic Verdi, renowned authority Julian Budden offers a comprehensive overview of Verdi the man and the artist, tracing his ascent from humble beginnings to the status of a cultural patriarch of the new Italy, whose cause he had done much to promote, and demonstrating the gradual enlargement over the years of his artistic vision. This concise study is an accessible, insightful, and engaging summation of Verdi scholarship, acquainting the non-specialist with the personal details Verdi's life, with the operatic world in which he worked, and with his political ideas, his intellectual vision, and his powerful means of communicating them through his music. In his survey of the music itself, Budden emphasizes the unique character of each work as well as the developing sophistication of Verdi's style. He covers all of the operas, the late religious works, the songs, and the string quartet. A glossary explains even the most obscure operatic terms current in Verdi's time.

Index: 

Illustrations
Key to Sigla

PART I THE LIFE
1. Early Life at Busseto
2. Success and Failure in Milan
3. The Journeyman
4. Florence, London and Paris
5. Return to Busseto
6. Viva V.E.R.D.I.
7. The New Order
8. The Dark Decade
9. Indian Summer
10. The Last Years
11. Verdi as Man and Artist

PART II THE MUSIC
12. The Background
13. From Oberto to Ernani
Oberto, Conte di San Bonifacio, Un giorno di regno, Nabucco, I Lombardi alla prima crociata, Ernani
14. The Prison Years
I due Foscari, Giovanna d'Arco, Alzira, Attila, Macbeth, I masnadieri, Jerusalem, Il corsaro, La battaglia di Legnano, Luisa Miller
15. The High Noon
Stiffelio, Rigoletto, Il trovatore, La traviata
16. Towards Grand Opera
Les vepres siciliennes, Simon Boccanegra, Aroldo, Un ballo in maschera, La forza del destino, Don Carlos, Aida
17. The Final Masterpieces
Otello, Falstaff
18. Miscellaneous Operatic Compositions
19. Chamber Compositions
20. Choral and Religious Works

Appendices
A. Calendar
B. List of Works
C. Personalia
D. Select Bibliography
E. Glossary of Nineteenth-Century Operatic Terms
Index

About the author: 

Julian Budden (1924-2007) served as the Chief Producer for Opera at BBC Radio as the President of the Centro Studi Giacomo Puccini, Lucca, Italy. In addition to his Master Musicians volume on Verdi, he is also the author of the Master Musicians biography of Puccini (OUP, 2002) as well as the three-volume The Operas of Verdi (OUP, 1978-1981, revised edition 1992).

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