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Verdi in the Age of Italian Romanticism


  • Date Published: August 1985
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521316781

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  • Professor Kimbell's classic study illuminates the first fifteen years of Verdi's composing career, the era that culminated in his trio of masterpieces, Rigoletto, Il Trovatore and La Traviata. Verdi had become an acknowledged master of the peculiar brand of Romanticism that flourished in Italy in the 1830s and 40s; this background is examined in its political, social and literary light, and his consequent transformation of Italian operatic conventions is analysed. The four parts of Professor Kimbell's book range over biographical, documentary, literary and close-analytical ground. Attention is given to individual operas in order to show how Verdi assimilated and developed the Romantic tradition in his work.

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    'Professor Kimbell demonstrates that there is a great deal to be added to our knowledge of Verdi, his times, and his works.' Notes

    ' … it constantly stimulates thought, Kimbell utters many perceptive judgements, and few that are not supported by sound evidence and a fine critical discrimination.' Music and Letters

    '… a magnificent exposition of this momentous operatic revolution.' Times Educational Supplement

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    • Date Published: August 1985
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521316781
    • length: 720 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 40 mm
    • weight: 1.04kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. The Setting:
    1. Verdi's Italy
    2. Theatrical censorship
    3. The operatic experience
    4. Dramatic principles and musical form in early ottocento opera
    Part II. A Documentary History of the Early Operas:
    5. Launching a career
    6. The genesis of an opera - Ernani
    7. Two overcrowded years
    8. Verdi the idealist - the Florence Macbeth
    9. Opera as a business
    10. Collaboration with Cammarano
    11. Bouts with the censor
    12. Giuseppina's operas - Il Trovatore and La Traviata
    Part III. The Development of Verdi's Musical Language:
    13. The first operas - Oberto and Un Giorno di Regno
    14. Italian grand opera - Nabucco and I Lombardi alla Prima Crociata
    15. The early 'galley' operas - Ernani to Attila
    16. Macbeth and its satellites
    17. Verdi a la parisienne - Jerusalem and La Battaglia di Legnano
    18. Luisa Miller and Stiffelio
    19. 'The popular trilogy' - Rigoletto, Il Trovatore, La Traviata
    Part IV. The Operas:
    20. Nabucco, a risorgimento opera
    21. Verdi and French Romanticism - Ernani
    22. Byronismo - I Due Foscari and Il Corsaro
    23. The impact of Shakespeare - the Florence Macbeth
    24. La Battaglia di Legnano - the opera of the revolution
    25. Essays with Schiller
    26. The originality of Rigoletto
    27. Verdi and 'realism' - La Traviata

  • Author

    David R. B. Kimbell

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