RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 173807500 LA English T1 Verdi A1 Budden, Julian., PB Oxford University Press PP New York YR 2008 SN 9780195323429 0195323424 AB "In this third edition of the classic Verdi, renowned authority Julian Budden offers a comprehensive overview of Verdi the man and the artist. Budden traces his ascent from humble beginnings to the status of a cultural patriarch of the new Italy, whose cause he had done much to promote, while demonstrating the gradual enlargement of his artistic vision over the years." "This concise study is an accessible, insightful, and engaging summation of Verdi scholarship, acquainting the non-specialist with the personal details of Verdi's life, with the operatic world in which he worked, and with his political ideas, his intellectual vision, and his powerful means of communicating them through his music. In his survey of the music itself, Budden emphasizes the unique character of each work as well as the developing sophistication of Verdi's style. He covers all of the operas, the late religious works, the songs, and the string quartet. A glossary explains even the most obscure operatic terms current in Verdi's time."--Jacket.