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Author Wilson, Alexandra, 1973-

Title The Puccini problem : opera, nationalism and modernity / Alexandra Wilson
Published Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2007
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Description 1 online resource (xii, 321 pages) : illustrations
Series Cambridge studies in opera
Cambridge studies in opera.
Contents 880-01 Introduction -- Inventing an Italian composer -- La bohème : organicism, progress and the press -- Tosca : truth and lies -- A frame without a canvas : Madama Butterfly and the superficial -- Torrefranca versus Puccini -- The Italian composer as internationalist -- A suitable ending? -- Epilogue
880-01 Inventing an Italian composer -- La bohe⁺ђme : organicism, progress and the press -- Tosca : truth and lies -- A frame without a canvas : Madama Butterfly and the superficial -- Torrefranca versus Puccini -- The Italian composer as internationalist -- A suitable ending
Summary A detailed investigation of the reception and cultural contexts of Puccini's music, this book offers a fresh view of this historically important but frequently overlooked composer. Wilson's study explores the ways in which Puccini's music and persona were held up as both the antidote to and the embodiment of the decadence widely felt to be afflicting late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Italy, a nation which although politically unified remained culturally divided. The book focuses upon two central, related questions that were debated throughout Puccini's career: his status as a national or international composer, and his status as a traditionalist or modernist. In addition, Wilson examines how Puccini's operas became caught up in a wide range of extra-musical controversies concerning such issues as gender and class. This book makes a major contribution to our understanding of both the history of opera and of the wider artistic and intellectual life of turn-of-the-century Italy
A study of the reception and contexts of Puccini's music
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 292-309) and index
Notes English
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Subject Puccini, Giacomo, 1858-1924 -- Appreciation.
Puccini, Giacomo, 1858-1924 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Music -- Social aspects -- Italy.
Opera -- Italy -- 19th century.
Opera -- Italy -- 20th century.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
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