Sourcebooks MediaFusion and Naxos proudly present this fascinating biography of composer Giacomo Puccini. Acclaimed music writer Julian Haylock follows Puccini's development as man and composer, and sets out the experiences-the personal joys and sorrows as well as the broader cultural forces-that formed him and made him one of the most widely loved composers in classical music.
Included are two CDs of carefully chosen Puccini pieces. Readers also gain access to an exclusive website that offers the musical works in full, new essays and more. This revolutionary biography utilizes traditional and new media to provide a uniquely rounded portrait of the composer and his music.
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Julian Haylock is a former Editor of CD Review and International Piano magazines, Reviews Editor of CD Classics, the author of biographies on Mahler and Rachmaninov, and co-author of the Haylock and Waugh pocket guides to Classical Music on CD and Opera Music on CD. He writes extensively for a wide variety of publications including Classic fM Magazine, for which he contributes his regular Composer of the Month feature, BBC Music Magazine, The Strad and International Record Review. He has produced a number of recordings, including the complete piano concertos of Alexander Tcherepnin for Olympia, and in a previous life was much in demand as a violinist-violist, accompanist, and conductor.
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