Best Verdi Books

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1. A Night at the Opera: An Irreverent Guide to The Plots, The Singers, The Composers, The Recordings (Modern Library (Paperback))

Author: by Denis Sir Forman
Published at: Modern Library; Revised, Subsequent edition (September 1, 1998)
ISBN: 978-0375751769

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Delightful and anti-reverentialSunday Times (London)With an encyclopedic knowledge of opera and a delightful dash of irreverence, Sir Denis Forman throws open the world of operaits structure, composers, conductors, and artistsin this hugely informative guide. A Night at the Opera dissects the eighty-three most popular operas recorded on compact disc, from Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur to Mozart’s Die Zauberflte.

For each opera, Sir Denis details the plot and cast of characters, awarding stars to parts that are worth looking out for, really good, or, occasionally, stunning. He goes on to tell the history of each opera and its early reception.

Finally, each work is graded from alpha to gamma (although the Ring cycle gets an X), and Sir Denis has no qualms about voicing his opinion: the first act of Fidelio is a bit of a mess, while the last scene of Don Giovanni towers above the comic finales of Figaro and Cos and whether or not [it] is Mozart’s greatest opera, it is certainly his most powerful finale.

2. La Traviata: Vocal Score (Italian Edition)

Author: by Giuseppe Verdi
Published at: Ricordi; RCP42314/04 edition (May 1, 1987)
ISBN: 978-0634072642

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(Vocal Score).Italian Only Cloth Score.

3. La Traviata: Vocal Score

Author: by Ruth Martin
Published at: G. Schirmer, Inc. (November 1, 1986)
ISBN: 978-0793547067

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(Vocal Score).Italian/English. Translated by Martin.

4. Requiem in Full Score (Latin Edition)

Author: by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Published at: Dover Publications; unknown edition (December 1, 1989)
ISBN: 978-0486253114

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The Requiem was not only one of Mozart’s most inspired works, it was one of his last. It was commissioned in the summer of 1791 to memorialize the deceased wife of Count Walsegg-Stuppach, an amateur musician who was in the habit of ordering works from composers and presenting them as his own compositions.

But his dubious patronage arrived only weeks before the rapid decline in Mozart’s health that would end in the composer’s death by the year’s end. At the invitation of Mozart’s widow, one of the master’s pupils worked from oral instructions and sketches to finish the nearly completed work.

In the centuries since, Mozart’s Requiem has come to be embraced as a masterpiece of vocal composition. One of the most recorded and performed standards of the repertoire, here reprinted in an authoritative edition, it combines the voices of orchestra, chorus, and soloists into a deeply moving, elegiac work of great intensity.

5. The Complete Operas Of Verdi (Da Capo Paperback)

Author: by Charles Osborne
Published at: Da Capo Press (August 22, 1977)
ISBN: 978-0306800726

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The Complete Operas of Verdi is the first full-length study of all of Verdi’s operas. This work of the brilliant British music critic Charles Osborne covers Verdi’s complete operatic oeuvre-including the missing choral works, songs, a string quartet, and the Messa da Requiem.

The operas of Shakespeare’s Falstaff and Othello show how the legendary composer added both depth and dignity to the Italian operatic repertoire. In this volume, every Verdi opera is explored from four points of view: Verdi’s life at the time each was written; the story, and the way it links with the music; the libretto and librettist, and Verdi’s relations with his publishers; and the music itself, analyzed with examples from the score.

6. Verdi With a Vengeance: An Energetic Guide to the Life and Complete Works of the King of Opera

Author: by William Berger
Published at: Vintage; 1st edition (September 12, 2000)
ISBN: 978-0375705182

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Everything you could possibly know about Verdi and his operas, from the brilliant and humorous author of Wagner Without Fear. If you want to know why La traviata was actually a flop at its premiere in 1853, it’s in here. If you want to know why claiming to have heard Bjorling’s Chicago performance of Il trovatore is the classic opera fan faux pas, it’s in here.

Even if you just want to know how to pronounce Aida, or what the plot of Rigoletto is all about, this is the place to look. From the composer’s intense hatred of priests to synopses of the operas and a detailed discography of the best recordings to buy, it can all be found in Verdi with a Vengeance.

William Berger has given another improbable performance, serving up a book as thorough as it is funny and as original as it is astute, an utterly indispensable guide for novice and expert alike.

7. Requiem in Full Score (Dover Music Scores)

Author: by Gabriel Fauré
Published at: Dover Publications; Reprint edition (August 24, 1992)
ISBN: 978-0486271552

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Among the most widely performed choral works in the repertoire, the Faur Requiem is generally considered the greatest achievement of its highly influential French composer. Written in memory of Faur’s father, the work was first performed at La Madeleine in 1888.

Although it did not attain immediate popularity, the Requiem’s clarity, balance, serenity, and ethereal beauty eventually won it many admirers. Critics have been especially impressed by the way in which the score conveys great emotional power with scrupulous economy of means.

Today, Faur’s Requiem enjoys enormous popularity with concert-goers and lovers of sacred music all over the world. Now you can enjoy the complete masterpiece in this attractive, inexpensive volume, reprinted from an authoritative French edition. It offers musicians and all music lovers an opportunity to study and appreciate Faur’s uncommon mastery of the choral genre.

8. Requiem (Dover Music Scores)

Author: by Giuseppe Verdi
Published at: Dover Publications; Softcover Edition (October 1, 1978)
ISBN: 978-0486236827

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“From the purely artistic and musical points of view the Requiem is certainly Verdi’s greatest work to this date and an astounding manifestation of continual progress and inner development. The stream of melodic invention is unfailing and of the highest quality.

Most impressive of all is the mastery of form, of constructive power on the largest scale.” Grove’s Dictionary of Music and MusiciansComposed in 1874 for the first anniversary of the death of Alessandro Manzoni, Verdi’s Requiem reveals the composer at the height of his powers.

The work, immensely popular with choral groups and music lovers, is frequently performed in concert, and numerous recordings are available. The study score of this rich and dramatic work, called by some as Verdi’s greatest opera, is presented here complete and unabridged, and in a fine, clear modern edition.

Scored for four solo voices (soprano, mezzo soprano, tenor, bass), chorus, and orchestra, the Requiem is divided into seven sections:No.1 RequiemNo.2 Dies iraeNo.3 OffertorioNo.4 SanctusNo 5.Agnus DeiNo 6.Lux aeternaNo 7. Libera meThe music has been reproduced in a size large enough to be read easily, with large noteheads, wide margins (for written notes, annotations, etc., and on opaque paper with sturdy, sewn bindings.

9. Rigoletto : Melodramma in tre atti (Ricordi Opera Vocal Score Series)

Author: by Giuseppe Verdi
Published at: Casa Ricordi; 1st edition (December 1, 2000)

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The piano-vocal scores in “The Works of Giuseppe Verdi” are prepared by the same editors responsible for the full scores. The vocal parts appear exactly as in the full scores, while the piano reductions have been revised to reflect the orchestral accompaniments.

This volume contains new English singing translations as well as appendix items from the full scores, such as Verdi’s alternate of substitute versions of pieces, that follow the main score. The volume opens with an introduction and critical notes from the full score, in both English and Italian, abridged to highlight historical issues and questions related to the vocal parts.

10. Rigoletto: Vocal Score (Ricordi Opera Vocal Score)

Author: by Giuseppe Verdi
Published at: Ricordi; RCP42313/05 edition (June 1, 2006)
ISBN: 978-1480304796

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(Vocal Score).Italian only, with an introductory plot synopsis in English. This new edition features a new cover design and introductory plot synopsis in English.

11. Rigoletto Opera in Four Acts : Vocal Score

Author: by Ruth Martin
Published at: G. Schirmer, Inc.; Reprint edition (December 1, 1990)
ISBN: 978-0793553655

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(Vocal Score).Italian/English. Translated by Martin.

12. Seven Verdi Librettos (English and Italian Edition)

Author: by Giuseppe Verdi
Published at: W. W. Norton & Company; 1st edition (October 17, 1977)
ISBN: 978-0393008524

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Verdi, like most great opera composers, attached supreme importance to the words he was setting to music. The listener, to understand the opera fully, should understand the situations, the shades of emotion, the nuances of characterization described in the music.

William Weaver’s translations of seven of the greatest Verdi operas are designed for maximum fidelity to the immediate word. Eschewing artistic renderings, Mr. Weaver offers, on facing pages, exact translations and the corresponding Italian text. The operas chosen for this edition represent Verdi’s major achievements in each of the significant periods of his creative life: the first trio of masterpieces, Rigoletto, Il Trovatore, and La Traviata; Un ballo in maschera and Aida from the middle period; Otello and Falstaff, the great late works.

The music student as well as the opera buff will find this volume a very useful guide to Verdi’s world.

13. La Traviata: Vocal Score (Ricordi Opera Vocal Score)

Author: by J Machlis
Published at: Ricordi (November 1, 1986)
ISBN: 978-0634072628

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(Vocal Score).Italian/English. Translated by Machlis.

14. Opera as Drama: Fiftieth Anniversary Edition

Author: by Joseph Kerman
Published at: University of California Press; Fiftieth Anniversary edition (December 14, 2005)
ISBN: 978-0520246928

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Passionate, witty, and brilliant, Opera as Drama has been lauded as one of the most controversial, thought-provoking, and entertaining works of operatic criticism ever written. First published in 1956 and revised in 1988, Opera as Drama continues to be indispensable reading for all students and lovers of opera.

15. La traviata: Critical Edition Study Score (The Works of Giuseppe Verdi, Series I: Operas)

Author: by Giuseppe Verdi
Published at: University of Chicago Press; Critical, Bilingual edition (November 27, 2017)
ISBN: 978-0226521299

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I complain bitterly of the editions of my last operas, made with such little care, and filled with an infinite number of errors. Giuseppe Verdi The University of Chicago Press, in collaboration with Casa Ricordi, has undertaken to publish the first critical edition of the complete works of Giuseppe Verdi.

The series, based exclusively on original sources, is the only one to present authentic versions of all of the composer’s works; together with his operas, the critical edition presents his songs, his choral music and sacred pieces, and his string quartet and other instrumental works.

The Works of Giuseppe Verdi will be an invaluable standard reference worka necessary acquisition for all music libraries and a joy to own for all lovers of opera. The new series of study scores presents an adaptation of each critical edition that provides scholars with an affordable and portable option for exploring Verdi’s oeuvre.

The study scores have been designed to distinguish editors’ marks from Verdi’s own notations while remaining clear enough for use in performance. The introduction to each score discusses the work’s sources, composition, and performance history, as well as performance practices, instrumentation, and problems of notation.