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Dec 13 2004 0521635357 978-0521635356 1
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.

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'...offers many hours of thoroughly delectable and mostly instructive reading.' Nineteenth-Century Music Review

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This Companion provides a biographical, theatrical, and social-cultural background for Verdi's operas, examines in detail important general aspects of its style and method of composing, and synthesizes stylistic themes in discussions of representative works. Aspects of Verdi's milieu, style, creative process, and critical reception are explored in essays by highly reputed specialists. Like others in the series this Companion is aimed primarily at students and opera lovers.

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Giuseppe Verdi, born in a country village in the Po Valley in 1813, rose to become the most popular opera composer of his century. Read the first page
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3.0 out of 5 stars Usual committee-written stuff July 14 2007
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The rage nowadays is multi-authorship. The result--as here--is an irregular and unbalanced study. Some of the essays--notably those by the editor--are quite good. Some are technical studies. Some are just plain bad writing. All in all, a mixed bag

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