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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 more

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  • Hardback | 448 pages
  • 160.02 x 236.22 x 40.64mm | 748.42g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 3rd Revised edition
  • 16 halftones, 99 music examples
  • 0195323424
  • 9780195323429
  • 713,174

About Julian Budden

Julian Budden, now deceased, 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).show more

Table of contents

Preface ; Illustrations ; Key to sigla ; 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 ; 12. The Music ; 13. The background ; 14. From Oberto to Ernani ; 15. The prison years ; 16. The high noon ; 17. Towards grand opera ; 18. The final masterpieces ; 19. Miscellaneous operatic compositions ; 20. Chamber compositions ; 21. Choral and religious works ; Appendices ; A: Calendar ; B: List of works ; C: Personalia ; D: Select bibiliograph ; E: Glossary of nineteenth-century operatic terms ; Indexshow more

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