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The Operas of Verdi: Volume 3: From Don Carlos to Falstaff
Volume Three covers roughly a quarter of a century, a period which saw grand opera on the Parisian model established throughout Italy, the reform of the Conservatories, and the spread of cosmopolitan influences to an extent that convinced many that Italian music was losing its identity. Verdi produced his four last and greatest operas--Don Carlos, Aida, Otello, and ...more
Paperback, 552 pages
Published January 30th 2002 by OUP Oxford
(first published 1981)
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Very, very good. Budden's work is incredibly dense, and mostly aimed at musicologists and other experts. He's also, from time to time, rather elitist, sometimes about the most bizarre things (particularly the onstage bands Verdi scored into several of his works). Anyhow, this is a magisterial study, but it's very academic.
Julian Medforth Budden, BA, BMus, was a British opera scholar, radio producer and broadcaster. He is particularly known for his three volumes on the operas of Giuseppe Verdi, a single volume biography in 1982 and a single volume work on Giacomo Puccini and his operas in 2002.
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