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Verdi (Life & Times)by Barbara Meier
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 171-172), list of works (p. 166-169), select discography (p. 169-170) and index.
Giuseppe Verdi, the popular genius behind Rigoletto, Aida, and La Traviata, continues to enthrall audiences with his daring music and tales of love and tragedy. More than a century after his death, his music still dominates the opera repertoire. Not only a colossus in the world of 19th-century opera, he was also a passionate traveler, politician, and nationalist hero whose name became a patriotic cry on the streets of Italy. The Life & Times series tells the stories of those who have shaped our present and our past, from Beethoven to Curie, Dietrich to Wilde. Offering expert, eminently readable texts by distinguished authors, these handsomely designed books feature chronologies, full indices, and striking color photos and illustrations. Together, they form a superb modern library of biography.
Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901), the popular genius behind Rigoletto, Aida and La Traviata, continues to enthrall audiences with his daring music and stories of love and death. Of his Requiem, his wife Giuseppina wrote: Posterity will place it, with wings outspread, in domination of all the music of mourning ever conceived by the human brain. His life was as dramatic and passionate as his music. As this biography shows, he was always fighting: for Italy's freedom and nationhood and for his own artistic freedom against the censors, opera impresarios and the authorities.
Accessible and affordable illustrated biography
Highlights the life of the greatest of operatic composers, a patriotic hero, and champion of human rights in Italy
About the Author
Barbara Meier has written widely on classical composers, including Mahler, Strauss and Schoenberg.
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