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Verdi And The French Aesthetic: Verse, Stanza and Melody in Nineteenth-Century Opera
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Cambridge Univ Pr
Publication date June 30, 2008
Pages 294
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780521878432
ISBN-10 0521878438
Dimensions 1 by 7.50 by 10.50 in.
Weight 1.58 lbs.
Original list price $99.99
Other format details university press
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Amazon.com description: Product Description: Focusing on Verdi's French operas, Giger shows how the composer acquired an ever better understanding of the various approaches to French versification while gradually bringing his works in line with French melodic aesthetic. In his first French opera, Jérusalem, Verdi treated the text in an overly cautious manner, trying to avoid prosodic mistakes; in Les Vêpres siciliennes he began to apply more freedom, scanning the verses against some prosodic accents to convey the lightheartedness of a melody; and in Don Carlos he finally drew on the entire palette of prosodic interpretations. Most of Verdi's melodic accomplishments in the French operas carried over into the subsequent Italian ones, setting the stage for what later would be called operatic verismo. Drawing attention to the significance of the libretto for the development of nineteenth-century French and Italian opera, this text illustrates Verdi's gradual mastery of the challenges he faced, and their historical significance.

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9780521878432 | details & prices | 294 pages | 7.50 × 10.50 × 1.00 in. | 1.58 lbs | List price $99.99
About: Focusing on Verdi's French operas, Giger shows how the composer acquired an ever better understanding of the various approaches to French versification while gradually bringing his works in line with French melodic aesthetic.
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Reissue edition from Cambridge Univ Pr (July 14, 2011); titled "Verdi and the French Aesthetic: Verse, Stanza, and Melody in Nineteenth-Century Opera"
9780521349543 | details & prices | 294 pages | 10.00 × 7.00 × 0.75 in. | 1.20 lbs | List price $44.99

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