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Puccini : his life and works

Author: Julian Budden
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2002.
Series: Master musicians series.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Julian Budden offers music lovers a major new biography of one of the giants of Italian opera, Giacomo Puccini. Blending astute musical analysis with a colorful account of Puccini's life, here is an illuminating look at some of the most popular operas in the repertoire, including Manon Lescaut, La Boheme, Tosca, Madama Butterfly, and Turandot. Budden provides an illuminating look at the process of putting an opera  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Budden, Julian.
Puccini.
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2002
(DLC) 2002020155
Named Person: Giacomo Puccini; Giacomo Puccini
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Julian Budden
ISBN: 1429403551 9781429403559
OCLC Number: 252606525
Description: 1 online resource (ix, 527 pages, [8] pages of plates) : illustrations, music.
Series Title: Master musicians series.
Responsibility: Julian Budden.
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Julian Budden offers music lovers a major new biography of one of the giants of Italian opera, Giacomo Puccini. Blending astute musical analysis with a colorful account of Puccini's life, here is an illuminating look at some of the most popular operas in the repertoire, including Manon Lescaut, La Boheme, Tosca, Madama Butterfly, and Turandot. Budden provides an illuminating look at the process of putting an opera together, the cut-and-slash of nineteenth-century Italian opera--the struggle to find the right performers for the debut of La Boheme, Puccini's anxiety about completing Turandot, and his animosity toward his rival Leoncavallo. Budden provides an informative analysis of the operas themselves, examining the music act by act. He highlights the influence of Wagner on Puccini--alone among his Italian contemporaries, Puccini followed Wagner's example in bringing the motif into the forefront of his narrative, sometimes voicing the singer's unexpressed thoughts, sometimes sending out a signal to the audience of which the character is unaware. And Budden also paints an intriguing portrait of Puccini the man--talented but modest, a man who had friends from every walk of life: shopkeepers, priests, wealthy landowners, fellow artists. Affable, well mannered, gifted with a broad sense of fun, he rarely failed to charm all who met him. A new volume in the esteemed Master Musicians series, Puccini offers a masterful portrait of this beloved Italian composer.

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