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Puccini: His Life and Music

208 pages
Author: Julian Haylock
ISBN: 978-1-84379-230-7
Publication date: March 2008

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Puccini is one of the most beloved of all opera composers – La Bohème, Tosca, Madama Butterfly and Turandot play to packed opera houses the world over. In his lifetime he achieved an international celebrity accorded to only a few, yet the critics were rarely impressed. He was nevertheless a creative artist of profound sensitivity and dramatic flair who developed a unique form of free-flowing opera while penning some of the greatest melodies of all time. His oeuvre constitutes the final flowering of the centuries-old tradition of Italian opera while also being an influence on cinematic genres then in their infancy.

This music companion provides a compelling overview of the constant tension created between Puccini’s indulgent, sometimes traumatic personal life and his need to achieve exceptionally high standards in his work.

And with the words comes the music...

2 CDS of music spanning Puccini’s career   Free access to a dedicated website with hours of extra music and other bonus material.

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