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Puccini Without Excuses: A Refreshing Reassessment of the World's Most Popular Composer

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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 Boh?me, and Madama Butterfly has never waned, he has lo ...more
Paperback, 480 pages
Published November 8th 2005 by Vintage
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Scott
The first section on the life of Puccini was very interesting. The coverage of his opera works was also well done. The chapter on the myth of Tosca was laborious and reads way more into Tosca than Puccini or his librettist would have wanted in my opinion. Overall, I thought it was a pretty good biographical sketch with a slightly light-hearted approach.
Jill
I adore Puccini - on the listening level. This gave me basic background to understand the currents in the operas and also understand the scathing reviews that most Puccini receives....
Beka
A wonderful resource about Puccini's operas. The disc and videography is very helpful, and I like the light spirit that Mr. Berger uses throughout the book.
Rob Holland
Excellent overview and defense of Puccini against his detractors.
Ed
Refreshingly written survey of a popular opera composer.
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