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Giuseppe Verdi: Falstaff

Giuseppe Verdi: Falstaff

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  • Date Published: January 1984
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521280167

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  • This book is a compact, up-to-date guide to the history and construction of Verdi's last - and possibly greatest - opera. Incorporating the findings of the most recent research, it provides performers, opera enthusiasts, students and scholars alike with a reliable summary of what is currently known about the work. The book gives a full synopsis of the plot and a detailed account both of Verdi's aims in composing the opera and of how he actually composed it: which portions were difficult for him, which he considered crucial, which were afterthoughts, etc. Special attention is given to separating the three versions of Falstaff that Verdi approved - versions that are still confused in almost all performances today. Professor Hepokoski also supplies extensive discussions of Boito's derivation of the plot and text from Shakespeare (and others); of the musical technique and structure of Falstaff; and of Verdi's own guidelines for interpretation, staging and singing. A guide to critical assessments of the opera illustrates the widely differing receptions the opera has had in the twentieth century, and a concluding essay by Graham Bradshaw discusses Shakespearean aspects of both Otello and Falstaff. The book contains a bibliography, a discography (by Malcolm Walker), illustrations of the original stage designs and costumes, and extensive musical examples.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 1984
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521280167
    • length: 192 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 11 mm
    • weight: 0.25kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Synopsis
    2. The forging of the libretto
    3. The composition of the opera
    4. Milan, Rome and Paris: three versions of Falstaff
    5. Musical technique and structure
    6. The interpretation of Falstaff: Verdi's guidelines
    7. A brief stage history
    8. A guide to critical assessments and interpretations
    Epilogue Graham Bradshaw
    Bibliography
    Discography Malcolm Walker
    Index.

  • Author

    James A. Hepokoski

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