Dallapiccola on Opera: Selected Writings: Volume One by Luigi Dallapiccola

By Luigi Dallapiccola

The Italian composer Luigi Dallapiccola (1904-75) continually characterized himself as a `man of the theatre', and Il Prigioniero (The Prisoner) has been played extra frequently than the other Italian opera considering that Puccini. Dallapiccola on Opera, the 1st choice of his writings to seem in English, proves that he used to be additionally an encouraged essayist and critic. To the directness and mental perception of his narrative variety, Dallapiccola provides probing commentary of info within the severe texts that shape the center of this e-book. even if writing approximately everyday masterpieces like Mozart's Don Giovanni and Verdi's FalstaffI/>, Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov and Debussy's Pell130>as et M130>lisandeI/I, or discussing such nice yet problematical works as Monteverdi's Il Ritorno di Ulisse in patria, Busoni's Doktor Faust and Verdi's Simon Boccanegra, Dallapiccola illuminates basic, formerly overlooked dramatic and musical facets.

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