Giacomo Puccini: 20th-Century Composers

Wilson, Conrad.

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The composer of such works as La Bohème and Madame Butterfly, Giacomo Puccini (18581924) gave us some of the world's most popular and widely performed operas. Here Scottish music critic Conrad Wilson considers how Puccini's colorful orchestrations, beautiful melodies, rare theatrical sensibility, and often daring choices of subject matter combined to produce timeless stage works with broad and continuing appeal. He argues for Puccini's place among the great composers and also examines how his works were influenced by his many relationships with women and his contradictory personality. This edition features a whimsical cover by cartoonist Sempé. 239. Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: With works such as La Bohème and Madame Butterfly, Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924) created some of the world s most popular and widely performed operas. His colourful orchestrations, beautiful melodies, rare theatrical sensibility, and daring choices of subject matter combined to produce timeless stage works that continue to appeal to a broad audience. In this powerful biography, Conrad Wilson examines this great composer s works and the ways in which they were influences by his many relationships with women and his contradictory personality.
Giacomo Puccini is part of Phaidon s successful 20th Century Composers series, which presents authoritative and engaging biographies of the great creative musicians of our time, augmented by striking visual material and essential reference information. This edition of the book features a whimsical new cover by Jean-Jacques Sempé, the world-renowned illustrator and cartoonist.

Review: The latest in Phaidon Press Limited's fine 20th Century Composers series, this biography plows ground that's already been gone over many times, but does so very well. Like the rest of the books in this series, it's aimed at the more-than-casual but less-than-expert reader, and puts the composer's life and art into perspective, assisted by assorted photographs. This is a particularly good starting place for someone captured by Puccini's music dramas who's interested in how it all came about. There are no musical examples, which can be a positive or a negative depending on one's point of view and whether one reads music. New listeners may find the overly brief discography in the back of the book a useful guide.

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Title: Giacomo Puccini: 20th-Century Composers
Publisher: Phaidon. 1 Paperback(s)
Publication Date: 1997
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