Verdi: The Man Revealed

Author: John Suchet

Publisher: Pegasus Books

ISBN: 1681778297

Category: Music

Page: 288

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Giuseppe Verdi remains Italy’s greatest operatic composer and a man of apparent contradictions—vividly brought to life through a nuanced examination of his life and monumental music. Giuseppe Verdi remains the greatest operatic composer that Italy, the home of opera, has ever produced. Yet throughout his lifetime he claimed to detest composing and repeatedly rejected it. He was a landowner, a farmer, a politician and symbol of Italian independence; but his music tells a different story. An obsessive perfectionist, Verdi drove collaborators to despair but his works lauded from the start as dazzling feats of composition and characterization. From Rigoletto to Otello, La Traviatato to Aida, Verdi’s canon encompassed the full range of human emotion. His private life was no less complex: he suffered great loss, and went out of his way to antagonize supporters and his own family. An outspoken advocate of Italian independence and a sharp critic of the church, he was often at odds with nineteenth-century society. In Verdi: The Man Revealed, John Suchet attempts to get under the skin of perhaps the most private composer who ever lived. Unraveling his protestations, his deliberate embellishments and disavowals, Suchet reveals the true character of this great artist—and the art for which he will be forever known.
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Verdi

The Man Revealed

Author: John Suchet

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781783963317

Category: MUSIC

Page: 347

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The Man Verdi

Author: Frank Walker

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226871320

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 526

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Explores the nineteenth-century Italian composer's childhood, youth, and adult relationships with relatives, students, wives, and musical colleagues
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Verdi's Aida

Author: Giuseppe Verdi,Burton D. Fisher

Publisher: Opera Journeys Publishing

ISBN: 0977132080

Category: Music

Page: 112

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A comprehensive guide to Verdi's AIDA, featuring insightful and in depth Commentary and Analysis, a complete, newly translated Libretto with ItalianEnglish side-by side, and over 30 music highlight examples.
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The Verdi Baritone

Studies in the Development of Dramatic Character

Author: Geoffrey Edwards

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Music

Page: 193

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One of the most significant innovations in the development of dramatic characterization in nineteenth-century Italian opera was the genesis of the Verdi baritone. As Geoffrey Edwards and Ryan Edwards argue, the composer's baritone characters embody "a quintessential humanity, expressing needs and temptations, confusions and understandings, griefs and joys that transcend the particulars of time and place". Often far removed from ordinary life in either the nineteenth century or today, these roles provide insight into the "struggle of the individual in a universe that is often beyond control and even comprehension". The authors provide an unprecedented and probing discussion of the way Verdi's baritone roles were conceived and executed. They analyze the composer's use of "the unique potential of the baritone voice to create a gallery of subtly nuanced characters that are among the most complex and challenging in the operatic repertory". This eloquent volume explores the unfolding of the baritone roles in seven operas, starting with Verdi's early triumph, Nabucco; proceeding with Ernani, Macbeth, Rigoletto, La Traviata, and Simon Boccanegra, and concluding with the composer's final great tragedy of Otello. As a further aid to understanding these operas, plot synopses are given in the Appendix. Voice students, professional performers, and their teachers and coaches, as well as opera lovers, will gain a greater appreciation of Verdi, whose masterful use of text, music, and staging so precisely portrays each character's inner self.
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The Cambridge Companion to Verdi

Author: Simon Balthazar,Scott L. Balthazar,Jonathan Cross,Balthazar Scott L.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521635356

Category: Music

Page: 336

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This 2004 Companion provides an accessible introduction to Verdi's life and music.
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Verdi: Man and Musician

Author: Frederick James Crowest

Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand

ISBN: 3734041228

Category: Fiction

Page: 152

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Reproduction of the original: Verdi: Man and Musician by Frederick James Crowest
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