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    Opera Lively News Coordinator Top Contributor Member MAuer's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by jflatter View Post
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    Oh I don't know about this...
    This is the English language update to the original bio published about 9-10 years ago ("Meinen die wirklich mich?"). I purchased that one through Amazon.uk. Guess I'll have to start snooping around for this one now . . .

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    I was in Edinburgh for the first 2 weeks of the fringe (saw many free shows) and stumbled upon a large bookshop (a Blackwells) and happened upon (made a beeline for) the music section. There was a wide range of Cd's and Dvds (these however cost money something which as a student I do not posses significant amounts of and are largely secondary with my metondemand subscription and the fact i mostly use i-tunes for listening). There was also a moderate number of opera and classicla music related books. Nothing immediately caught my eye for I had in fact entered the bookshop with an aim. Over the past 2 years I have looked on Wikipedia for various Verdi operas and consistently found that articles pointed out critiques and explanations of the operas my someone named Julian Budden. After a second look over I found what I was after.
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    The book was highly enjoyable and easy for someone with very little musical knowledge to understand and enjoy. I agreed with many points made (the value of Ernani over Nabucco and the immense value of Un Ballo in Maschera) I also disagreed vehemently with others (the dislike of cabalettas and regarding Aida as the superior work over Don Carlos). However it was a highly enjoyably read and a definite must for Verdi fans providing a nice half biography with half exploration of Verdi's musical works.
    "Non sono in vena" Rodolfo summing up P.B's feelings on his dissertation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Povero Buoso View Post
    ... regarding Aida as the superior work over Don Carlos).
    The man is clearly an idiot.
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    The man is clearly an idiot.
    He made what I am sure was an excellent academic case but then again I think that the Auto Da Fe is superior to the processions scene in Aida so I clearly know nothing on the technical musicy thingy front.
    "Non sono in vena" Rodolfo summing up P.B's feelings on his dissertation.

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    We have published volume 3 of our opera guides series: Eugene Onegin.

    Available now on Amazon.com (and various international Amazon sites for the Kindle e-book): click [here] for the paperback and [here] for the Kindle edition.

    Last edited by Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva); April 5th, 2018 at 10:49 PM.
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    I am trying to mount up my free shipping items in Amazon ($25 minimum) to get that ^ book. Alas I have two different books in cart and total is $24.95. I'll have to keep looking.
    "Music is enought for a whole lifetime--but a lifetime is not enough for music." --Sergei Vasilyevich Rachmaninoff

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva) View Post
    We have published volume 3 of our opera guides series: Eugene Onegin.

    Available now on Amazon.com (and various international Amazon sites for the Kindle e-book): click [here] for the paperback and [here] for the Kindle edition.

    A lot of hard work must have gone into that. Congratulations.
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    FRANZ SCHALK, attributed, Losing the Plot in Opera: Myths and Secrets of the World's Great Operas

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    I just ordered the book. Looking forward to it.
    "Music is enought for a whole lifetime--but a lifetime is not enough for music." --Sergei Vasilyevich Rachmaninoff

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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    I just ordered the book. Looking forward to it.
    I am remiss! I should have provided an update long ago. It is a very informative book that I highly recommend to anyone pursuing the opera Eugene Onegin.
    "Music is enought for a whole lifetime--but a lifetime is not enough for music." --Sergei Vasilyevich Rachmaninoff

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    Nice to dip in to as the mood takes me. Not read it all yet but great fun so far.



    Synopsis
    With an eye for biographical detail, as keen as Florence Foster Jenkins' ear for perfect pitch, Frank Walker presents a collection of comic verse exploring the absurdities of opera: an art from in which Donizetti famously set Emilia Di Liverpool in 'an alpine valley a few leagues from London.' Perhaps a little poetic licence is only to be expected.
    "Every theatre is an insane asylum, but an opera theatre is the ward for the incurables."

    FRANZ SCHALK, attributed, Losing the Plot in Opera: Myths and Secrets of the World's Great Operas

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    No opera reference guide been more valuable to me – either for casual reading, or for pre-viewing research – than Kobbe’s Opera Book. Many opera books tend to merely give you a synopsis of the story and a well-known fact or urban legend, but Kobbe is a wealth of information about what to listen for in the music, and the historical impact of the opera.

    There are 3 editions of the book, and I recommend the middle one “The Definitive Kobbe’s Opera Book” (1987) edited by The Earl of Harewood George Lascelles, a former manager of both the ROH and the ENO, whose contributions to the much earlier book by Kobbe are very astute and include illustrations of some of opera’s themes. Even his contributions on then-contemporary operas hold up and show his open-mindedness to the full breadth of the genre.

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    The third edition “The New Kobbe’s Opera Book” (1997) has a third editor, who trimmed a lot in order to fit his contributions into the book, including those musical notations. He also reordered the book alphabetically. Harewood’s version of the book is grouped chronologically and by country, which for me makes it much more interesting as a casual read, because I can just pick a topic - say, Czech opera - and read about the history of it chronologically.

    The third edition is worth it for the additional entries, but if you only have one edition of Kobbe on the shelf, make it Lord Harewood's 1987 edition. It is so rich with interesting details. It is also very easy to find a very cheap used copy of this edition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ann Lander (sospiro) View Post
    Nice to dip in to as the mood takes me. Not read it all yet but great fun so far.



    Synopsis
    With an eye for biographical detail, as keen as Florence Foster Jenkins' ear for perfect pitch, Frank Walker presents a collection of comic verse exploring the absurdities of opera: an art from in which Donizetti famously set Emilia Di Liverpool in 'an alpine valley a few leagues from London.' Perhaps a little poetic licence is only to be expected.
    I can't find this book on Amazon. How did you get it?
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ann Lander (sospiro) View Post
    Nice to dip in to as the mood takes me. Not read it all yet but great fun so far.



    Synopsis
    With an eye for biographical detail, as keen as Florence Foster Jenkins' ear for perfect pitch, Frank Walker presents a collection of comic verse exploring the absurdities of opera: an art from in which Donizetti famously set Emilia Di Liverpool in 'an alpine valley a few leagues from London.' Perhaps a little poetic licence is only to be expected.
    Quote Originally Posted by Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva) View Post
    I can't find this book on Amazon. How did you get it?
    I got mine from a second hand book shop but it's available here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Averse-Oper.../dp/0952994356

    Maybe not available in US?
    "Every theatre is an insane asylum, but an opera theatre is the ward for the incurables."

    FRANZ SCHALK, attributed, Losing the Plot in Opera: Myths and Secrets of the World's Great Operas

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ann Lander (sospiro) View Post
    I got mine from a second hand book shop but it's available here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Averse-Oper.../dp/0952994356

    Maybe not available in US?
    Some UK Amazon sellers will ship to the USA. Just have to try to purchase and it will tell you if it won't ship.

    I see one on ebay but a different cover image:
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/372966498677?
    "Music is enought for a whole lifetime--but a lifetime is not enough for music." --Sergei Vasilyevich Rachmaninoff

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ann Lander (sospiro) View Post
    I got mine from a second hand book shop but it's available here:
    Maybe not available in US?
    Yep, not available in America. Weirdly enough, a search for it on Amazon US using the same title of the UK page returns 82 results of rifle scopes and gun nuts magazines. What the hell? LOL. I'm trying to buy a book on opera, not trying to become a member of the National Rifle Association!

    Thanks, I got the last available copy on Amazon UK; steep shipping fee (twice as much as what the book cost) and slow shipping but it should get here by June 23rd. I look forward to reading it, sounds like lots of fun.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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