Verdi and the Art of Italian Opera
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332 Pages

22.8 x 15.2 cm

134 musical exx.

Series: Eastman Studies in Music

Series Vol. Number: 193

Imprint: University of Rochester Press

Verdi and the Art of Italian Opera

Conventions and Creativity

by Steven Huebner

Translated by Steven Huebner

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A long-needed and up-to-date overview of the syntax and principles that make Verdi's operas so effective and so beloved today.

Verdi's art emerged from a rich array of dramatic and musical practices operative in the Italy of his day. Drawing the reader into his creative world, this study (translated from the French original by the author himself) begins where Verdi began when it came time to set notes to paper: the libretto. Designed for the non-Italophone reader, Steven Huebner's Verdi and the Art of Italian Opera explains key principles of Italian poetry that shaped his music. From there, Huebner outlines the various musical textures available to the composer, including an exploration of the characteristics of recitative and aria. Working outward, subsequent chapters explore the syntax of Verdi's melodic writing and the larger-level forms that he used. A concluding chapter considers ways of conceiving musical unity in his operas.
List of Musical Examples
List of Tables
Acknowledgments

Introduction
1. Versification and Prosody
2. Textures
3. Melody
4. Form
5. By Way of Conclusion: Unity and Analytical Paradigms
Bibliography
Index

STEVEN HUEBNER is the James McGill Professor (musicology) at the Schulich School of Music, McGill University, Quebec, Canada.

STEVEN HUEBNER is the James McGill Professor (musicology) at the Schulich School of Music, McGill University, Quebec, Canada.

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Title Details

332 Pages

2.28 x 1.52 cm

134 musical exx.

Series: Eastman Studies in Music

Series Vol. Number: 193

Imprint: University of Rochester Press