RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 74988017 LA English T1 The Puccini problem : opera, nationalism and modernity A1 Wilson, Alexandra,, PB Cambridge University Press PP Cambridge, UK; New York YR 2007 SN 0521856884 9780521856881 AB The first detailed investigation of the reception and cultural contexts of Puccini's music, this book offers a fresh view of this historically important but frequently overlooked composer. Wilson's study explores the ways in which Puccini's music and persona were held up as both the antidote to and the embodiment of the decadence widely felt to be afflicting late-nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century Italy, a nation which although politically unified remained culturally divided. The book focuses upon two central, related questions which were debated throughout Puccini's career: his status as a national or international composer, and his status as a traditionalist or modernist. In addition, Wilson examines how Puccini's operas became caught up in a wide range of extra-musical controversies concerning such issues as gender and class. This book makes a major contribution to our understanding of both the history of opera and of the wider artistic and intellectual life of turn-of-the-century Italy.--Publisher's description.