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The Puccini companion

Author: William Weaver; Simonetta Puccini
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, ©1994.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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The operas of Giacomo Puccini are regularly performed throughout the world, enthusiastically attended by an adoring public. In this book, William Weaver, distinguished writer on musical subjects and translator of Italian prose, joins forces with Simonetta Puccini, granddaughter of the great composer, to bring together a fascinating selection of articles and photographs concerning Puccini's life and works.
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Named Person: Giacomo Puccini; Giacomo Puccini; Giacomo Puccini; Giacomo Puccini; Giacomo Puccini
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William Weaver; Simonetta Puccini
ISBN: 0393029301 9780393029307 0393320529 9780393320527
OCLC Number: 28377116
Description: x, 436 p. : ill., ports. ; 25 cm.
Contents: The Puccini family / Simonetta Puccini --
The musical world of the young Puccini / Julian Budden --
Le villi, Edgar, and the "symphonic element" / Michael Elphinstone --
Puccini's Manon and his other heroines / William Weaver --
Manon, Mimì, Artù / Harvey Sachs --
Le jeunesse qui n'a qu'un temps : La bohème and its origins / Fedele D'Amico --
Tosca and pessimism / Franco Serpa --
Lieutenant F.B. Pinkerton : problems in the genesis and performance of Madama Butterfly / Arthur Groos --
Puccini's America / Mary Jane Phillips-Matz --
Giacomo Puccini's Trittico and the twentieth century / Leonardo Pinzauti --
La rondine / William Ashbrook --
Turandot and the theatrical aesthetics of the twentieth century / Jürgen Maehder --
The nonoperatic works of Giacomo Puccini / Michael Kaye --
Early Puccini performance : a condition of transition / David Hamilton. Puccini : a bibliographical sketch / Nigel Jamieson --
A select bibliography of articles and dissertations about Puccini and his operas / Deborah Burton --
A chronology of Puccini's life and works / Maria Grazia Bajoni.
Responsibility: edited by William Weaver and Simonetta Puccini.
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The operas of Giacomo Puccini are regularly performed throughout the world, enthusiastically attended by an adoring public. In this book, William Weaver, distinguished writer on musical subjects and translator of Italian prose, joins forces with Simonetta Puccini, granddaughter of the great composer, to bring together a fascinating selection of articles and photographs concerning Puccini's life and works.

Simonetta Puccini has contributed as essay full of intimate details about her family; William Weaver addresses the question of Puccini's spectacular talent for dramaturgy. In addition, Julian Budden writes on Puccini's experiences in Lucca and Milan as a young musician, Harvey Sachs explores Puccini's intimate musical relationship with Arturo Toscanini, and Arthur Groos compares the depictions of East-West tensions in the different versions of the libretto for Madama Butterfly.

Mary Jane Phillips-Matz describes the creation of La fanciulla del West vis-a-vis the composer's excursions to the United States, Leonardo Pinzauti examines the startling musical language of Il trittico, and William Ashbrook discusses the genesis and early history of La rondine. Michael Kaye considers Puccini's nonoperatic works, and David Hamilton, through a study of early Puccini recording, outlines transitions in performance style from the nineteenth to the twentieth century.

This lively and informative collection touches upon all of the master's operas and also offers select bibliographies, a chronology, and a dramatis personae of the countless people who participated in Puccini's career.

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