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The Cambridge Companion to Verdi

The Cambridge Companion to Verdi

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Mary Jane Phillips-Matz, Alessandro Roccatagliati, Mary Ann Smart, Scott L. Balthazar, Fabrizio della Seta, Emanuele Senici, Andreas Giger, Steven Huebner, David Kimbell, Roberta Montemorra Marvin, Rosa Solinas, Cormac Newark, Harold Powers, Luke Jensen, Gregory Harwood
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  • Date Published: December 2004
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521635356

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  • Providing biographical, theatrical, and social-cultural background for Verdi's operas, this Companion examines important general aspects of their style and method of composition. Verdi's milieu, creative process, and critical reception are subsequently explored in essays by specialists who critically appraise his accomplishments.

    • Written especially for students and opera lovers
    • Fully up to date review of the music of Verdi
    • Contains informative reference features: chronology, works list, and reading lists
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    '…offers many hours of thoroughly delectable and mostly instructive reading.' Nineteenth-Century Music Review

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    • Date Published: December 2004
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521635356
    • length: 366 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.58kg
    • contains: 12 tables 49 music examples
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of music examples
    List of tables
    Notes on contributors
    Preface
    Chronology
    Part I. Personal, Cultural, and Political Context:
    1. Verdi's life: a thematic biography Mary Jane Phillips-Matz
    2. The Italian theater of Verdi's day Alessandro Roccatagliati
    3. Verdi, Italian Romanticism and the Risorgimento Mary Ann Smart
    Part II. The Style of Verdi's Operas and Non-Operatic Works:
    4. The forms of set pieces Scott L. Balthazar
    5. New currents in the libretto Fabrizio della Seta
    6. Words and music Emanuele Senici
    7. French influences Andreas Giger
    8. Structural coherence Steven Huebner
    9. Instrumental music in Verdi's operas David Kimbell
    10. Verdi's non-operatic works Roberta Montemorra Marvin
    Part III. Essays on Representative Operas:
    11. Ernani: the tenor in transformation Rosa Solinas
    12. 'Ch'hai di nuovo, buffon?' or what's new with Rigoletto Cormac Newark
    13. Verdi's Don Carlos: an overview of the opera Harold Powers
    14. Desdemona's alienation and Otello's fall Scott L. Balthazar
    Part IV. Creation and Critical Reception:
    15. An introduction to Verdi's working methods Luke Jensen
    16. Verdi criticism Gregory Harwood
    List of Verdi's operas
    Notes
    Verdi's works
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Editor

    Scott L. Balthazar, West Chester University, Pennsylvania
    Scott L. Balthazar is Professor of Music History at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. He has lectured and published on stylistic aspects of nineteenth-century Italian opera and on contemporary theories of instrumental form in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Dr Balthazar is a contributor to the revised New Grove Dictionary of Music and the New Grove Dictionary of Opera, and his articles and reviews have appeared in a number of musicological journals.

    Contributors

    Mary Jane Phillips-Matz, Alessandro Roccatagliati, Mary Ann Smart, Scott L. Balthazar, Fabrizio della Seta, Emanuele Senici, Andreas Giger, Steven Huebner, David Kimbell, Roberta Montemorra Marvin, Rosa Solinas, Cormac Newark, Harold Powers, Luke Jensen, Gregory Harwood

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