The Operas of Giuseppe Verdi

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Abramo Basevi published his study of VerdiOCOs operas in Florence in 1859, in the middle of the composerOCOs career. The first thorough, systematic examination of VerdiOCOs operas, it covered the twenty works produced between 1842 and 1857OCofrom Nabucco and Macbeth to Il trovatore, La traviata, and Aroldo. But while BaseviOCOs work is still widely cited and discussedOCoand nowhere more so than in the English-speaking worldOCono translation of the entire volume has previously been available. The Operas of Giuseppe Verdi fills this gap, at the same time providing an invaluable critical apparatus and commentary on BaseviOCOs work.aAs a contemporary of Verdi and a trained musician, erudite scholar, and critic conversant with current and past operatic repertories, Basevi presented pointed discussion of the operas and their historical context, offering todayOCOs readers a unique window into many aspects of operatic culture, and culture in general, in VerdiOCOs Italy. He wrote with precision on formal aspects, use of melody and orchestration, and other compositional features, which made his study an acknowledged model for the growing field of music criticism. Carefully annotated and with an engaging introduction and detailed glossary by editor Stefano Castelvecchi, this translation illuminates BaseviOCOs musical and historical references as well as aspects of his language that remain difficult to grasp even for Italian readers.aMaking BaseviOCOs important contribution to our understanding of Verdi and his operas available to a broad audience for the first time, The Operas of Giuseppe Verdi will delight scholars and opera enthusiasts alike.