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This is an opera reference covering four volumes, with over 1300 contributions. The 11,000 articles are cross-referenced and deal with all of the varied aspects of the operatic experience, from the composer, librettist and their cultural background, through singers, conductors and directors, to cities, opera houses, costume, choreography and set design. The dictionary features: over 1750 articles on operas; over 2500 articles on singers and conductors; over 3000 articles on composers; more than 400 articles on cities; and further articles covering producers, designers, patrons and impressarios, and history and terminology of opera. The work includes indices of character names and first lines of arias and ensembles.
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Although not for every opera lover (or every opera lover's budget), this massive four-volume set--each volume coming in at around 1,300 pages--is indispensable for the opera educator, writer, or major fanatic. While in any encyclopedia the quality of writing and the critical viewpoint must of necessity be somewhat varied, the standards in the Grove series of reference works are always high and the level of usefulness enormous. Almost any opera that debuted before 1992 is to be found within these pages, making it especially useful in this age of obscure revivals; most singers of any note who had established careers before that date are also included. Although somewhat Anglocentric in its inclusions, this remains an invaluable reference work.About the Author:
The late Stanley Sadie is one of the world's leading musicologists. Educated with a Ph.D. from Cambridge University, he became a music critic at The Times of London in 1964 and was then editor of the Musical Times from 1967-1987. He is the co-editor of the twenty-nine volume New Grove
Dictionary of Music and Musicians.
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Book Description Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. *, 1997. Vol.3 only. Large 8vo (Weight 3kg). Paperback, creased and small piece of back wrapper/backstrip torn away, internally VG. Plates, illus. and music examples. Seller Inventory # _72810_R_
Book Description Grove,U.S. 1998-05-21, 1998. Paperback. Condition: Good. Item is in good condition. Some moderate creases and wear. This item may not come with CDs or additional parts including access codes for textbooks. Might be an ex-library copy and contain writing/highlighting. Seller Inventory # DS-0333734327-3
Book Description Macmillan, 1998. Soft cover. Condition: Very Good+. Burgundy soft covers with gold lettering on front cover and spine, corners and spine ends slightly bumped and rubbed, covers shows light creasing and edge wear. Ex-university-library with a few neat indications, no card sleeve. Bindings tight, pages very clean, no other markings. Free U. S. tracking, ships in cardboard. Seller Inventory # 015278
Book Description Macmillan, London, 1998. Condition: Very Good. xl 1296p xx 1315p xx 1371p xix 1340p four-volume paperback set in red slipcase; spines sunned but uncreased with a few very light marks; pages of all volumes in near-perfect condition, seemingly entirely unread; numerous illustrations and diagrams all perfectly preserved; excellent condition set. Seller Inventory # PAB 198910
Book Description London: MacMillan Reference Limited, 1998. *, 1998. 4 vols. Large 8vo 1296, 1315, 1371, 1342 pages. Paperback, vols. 1, 3 and 4 very slightly worn, internally VG. Volume 2 creased and water damaged along lower edge, not affecting legibility. All backstrips sunned, in slipcase with small tear along one edge. Plates, illus. and music examples. Weight circa 11kg. Seller Inventory # _71602_R_
Book Description London, MacMillan, 1998. *, 1998. 4 vols. Large 8vo (Weight circa 11kg) Paperback, no slipcase. Plates, illus. and music examples. Covers and a few pages slightly creased but otherwise VG. Seller Inventory # _72988_R_
Book Description Macmillan, 1998. Soft cover. Condition: Fair. Image shows actual book for sale. Book Condition: Fair; firm binding; contents very good; some ceasing to covers. Slipcase Condition: Good; some fading to rear board. Soft Cover Macmillan 1998 Music. Seller Inventory # 95598