Rossini

Author: Richard Osborne
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199884579
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Gioachino Rossini was one of the most influential, as well as one of the most industrious and emotionally complex of the great nineteenth-century composers. Between 1810 and 1829, he wrote 39 operas, a body of work, comic and serious, which transformed Italian opera and radically altered the course of opera in France. His retirement from operatic composition in 1829, at the age of 37, was widely assumed to be the act of a talented but lazy man. In reality, political events and a series of debilitating illnesses were the determining factors. After drafting the Stabat Mater in 1832, Rossini wrote no music of consequence for the best part of twenty-five years, before the clouds lifted and he began composing again in Paris in the late 1850s. During this glorious Indian summer of his career, he wrote 150 songs and solo piano pieces his 'Sins of Old Age' and his final masterpiece, the Petite Messe solennelle. The image of Rossini as a gifted but feckless amateur-the witty, high-spirited bon vivant who dashed off The Barber of Seville in a mere thirteen days-persisted down the years, until the centenary of his death in 1968 inaugurated a process of re-evaluation by scholars, performers, and writers. The original 1985 edition of Richard Osborne's pioneering and widely acclaimed Rossini redefined the life and provided detailed analyses of the complete Rossini oeuvre. Twenty years on, all Rossini's operas have been staged and recorded, a Critical Edition of his works is well advanced, and a scholarly edition of his correspondence, including 250 previously unknown letters from Rossini to his parents, is in progress. Drawing on these past two decades of scholarship and performance, this new edition of Rossini provides the most detailed portrait we have yet had of one of the worlds best-loved and most enigmatic composers.

Gioachino Rossini

Author: Denise Gallo
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135847010
Format: PDF, Docs
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Giochino Rossini: A Research and Information Guide is designed as a tool for those beginning to study the life and works of Gioachino Rossini as well as for those who wish to explore beyond the established biographies and commentaries. The first edition was published in 2001, and represented a survey of some 878 publications relating to the composer’s life and works. The second edition is revised and updated to include the more than 150 books and articles written in the field of Rossini studies since then. Contents range from sources published in the early decades of the nineteenth century to works currently in progress. General subject areas include Rossini's biography, historical and analytical studies of his operatic and non-operatic compositions, his personal and professional associations, and the reassessment of his role in the development of nineteenth-century music.

Handel

Author: Donald Burrows
Publisher: OUP USA
ISBN: 0199737363
Format: PDF, ePub
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Handel's music forms one of the peaks of the Baroque style, and his career combined the benefits of patronage with a sturdy independence. This biography provides a comprehensive and balanced account of both the man and his music, drawing on the unusually rich legacy of contemporary documentary and musical sources. This newly revised edition of Handel incorporates material resulting from a recent resurgance in scholarly interest in and performances of Handel and his music.

Rossini

Author: Gaia Servadio
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This work tells the story of Rossini's life, set against a panoramic view of the revolutionary upheavals taking place throughout Europe in the wake of the Napoleonic Wars. It casts light on the child prodigy's relationship with his impoverished parents, to whom he remained loyal, despite a reluctance to introduce them to his long-term mistress and eventual first wife, the tempestuous soprano Isabella Colbran. Tracing his travels on brigand-infested routes to meet operatic commissions throughout Europe, the text also offers vignettes of the countless characters Rossini met in the most prestigious literary salons of Milan and Paris as well as his memorable encounters with Beethoven, Verdi and Wagner. Among other crucial personalities in the narrative are Stendhal, Balzac and Rossini's devoted second wife, the courtesan-turned-diamond-studded gambler, Olympe Pelissier, who nursed him in a sexless marriage during the long years of his decline into deteriorating health and depression. Why did the most popular icon of his time lament in silence after the triumph of Guillaume Tell?

Bach

Author: Malcolm Boyd
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0195307712
Format: PDF, ePub
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Published in its first edition in 1983, Boyd's treatment of this canonical composer is essential reading for students, scholars, and everyone interested in Baroque music. In this third edition, biographical chapters alternate with commentary on the works, to demonstrate how the circumstances of Bach's life helped to shape the music he wrote at various periods. We follow Bach as he travels from Arnstadt and Muhlhausen to Weimar, Cothen, and finally Leipzig, these journeys alternating with insightful discussions of the great composer's organ and orchestral compositions. As well as presenting a rounded picture of Bach, his music, and his posthumous reputation and influence, Malcolm Boyd considers the sometimes controversial topics of "parody" and arrangement, number symbolism, and the style and meaning of Bach's late works. Recent theories on the constitution of Bach's performing forces at Leipzig are also present. The text and the appendixes (which include a chronology, personalia, bibliography, and a complete catalogue of Bach's works) were thoroughly revised in this edition to take account of more recent research undertaken by Bach scholars, including the gold mine of new information uncovered in the former USSR.

The Diaries of Giacomo Meyerbeer The last years 1857 1864

Author: Giacomo Meyerbeer
Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press
ISBN: 9780838638453
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Volume 4 is devoted to the last years (1857-64); while age and declining health saw a waning of the composer's personal optimism. It contains a series of glossaries listing his compositions and the musical and theatrical works he attended throughout his life, as well as a bibliography.

Verdi

Author: Julian Budden
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0190273984
Format: PDF
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In this third edition of the classic Verdi, renowned authority Julian Budden offers a comprehensive overview of Verdi the man and the artist, tracing his ascent from humble beginnings to the status of a cultural patriarch of the new Italy, whose cause he had done much to promote, and demonstrating the gradual enlargement over the years of his artistic vision. This concise study is an accessible, insightful, and engaging summation of Verdi scholarship, acquainting the non-specialist with the personal details 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.