Puccini without excuses: a refreshing reassessment of the world's most popular composer

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Vintage Books,
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[2005]
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English
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Puccini is the most beloved composer of opera in the world: one quarter of all opera performances in the U.S. are of his operas, his music pervades movie soundtracks, and his plots have infiltrated our popular culture. But, although Puccini&;s art still captivates audiences and the popularity of such works as Tosca, La Bohéme, and Madama Butterfly has never waned, he has long been a victim of critical snobbery and cultural marginalization.

In this witty and informative guide for beginners and fans alike, William Berger sets the record straight, reclaiming Puccini as a serious artist. Combining his trademark irreverent humor with passionate enthusiasm, Berger strikes just the right balance of introductory information and thought-provoking analysis. He includes a biography, discussions of each opera, a glossary, fun facts and anecdotes, and above all keen insight into Puccini&;s enduring power. For anyone who loves Puccini and for anyone who just wonders what all the fuss is about, Puccini Without Excuses is funny, challenging, and always a pleasure to read.

 

INCLUDES:

&; Why Puccini&;s art and its message of hope is crucial to our world today

&; How Anglo audiences often miss the mythic significance of his operas

&; The use of his music as shorthand in films, from A Room with a View to Fatal Attraction

&; A scene-by scene analysis of each opera

&; A guide to the wealth of available recordings, books, and videos

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