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Author Chusid, Martin, author.
Title Verdi's "Il trovatore" : the quintessential Italian melodrama / Martin Chusid.
Published Rochester, NY : University of Rochester Press ; Woodbridge, Suffolk : Boydell & Brewer Limited, 2012.
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 Music & Media - Stacks  ML410.V4 C58 2012    IN LIBRARY
Description xi, 161 pages : music ; 24 cm.
Content Type text
Format volume
Series Eastman studies in music, 1071-9989 ; v. 93
Eastman studies in music ; v. 93.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references, videography, discography, and index.
Contents The Spanish background and the play El trovador -- Cammarano's role in shaping the libretto and Verdi's emendations -- Interlude : the versification of Il trovatore and the cast -- New wine in old bottles : the drama and the music -- The scene of the 'Miserere' -- The reception and diffusion of Il trovatore.
Summary No full-length study has ever been written on Il trovatore, in his day Verdi's most successful stage work. This book by one of the world's great Verdi authorities fills that gap, providing a comprehensive look at the opera, from its genesis and structure to its early performance history and critical reception. Starting with the background of the opera, the volume traces the origins of the original play by Antonio García Gutiérrez, El trovador, and offers a new, more credible source for the drama. In addition, it examines the evolution of the libretto, the music, and the arrangement of the narrative, revealing innovative musical and dramatic features not seen by other critics. The book also includes a discussion of contemporary reviews and a section on some of the important performers in the twentieth century (for example, Toscanini and Caruso), as well as a consideration of several of the more unusual stagings of the work mounted during the final decades of the century. With these and other explorations, Martin Chusid offers a thorough survey of Verdi's Il trovatore and in the process deepens and enhances our encounter with one of the mainstays of the operatic reparatory [Publisher description]
Subject Verdi, Giuseppe, 1813-1901. Trovatore.
ISBN 158046422X (hardcover : alkaline paper)
9781580464222 (hardcover : alkaline paper)
Standard # 40021683397
OCLC number 775420089