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Puccini: A Biography free pdf Descended from four generations of distinguished composers and organists, Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924) was driven by family tradition and an ambitious mother to pursue a career that brought him worldwide recognition as the greatest composer of Italian opera after Giuseppe Verdi. But behind the brilliant creator of such lastings works as "La Boheme", "Tosca", "Madama Butterfly", "La Fanciulla del West", "La Rondine" and "Turandot", there was a person racked with indecision, self-doubt, bouts of depression, and private misfortunes. Mary Jane Phillips-Matz brings to life both the man and his circle. Setting Puccini's intriguing story within the worlds of his beloved Tuscany and the cut-throat opera business, she follows the composer from boyhood in his ancestral Lucca, to his struggling student years at the Milan Conservatory, to his early successes and failures, to the artistic triumphs that earned him international celebrity and considerable wealth. With colourful details and anecdotes drawn from extensive primary sources, as well as interviews with descendents, family friends and colleagues, the book chronicles Puccini's personal sorrows and scandals and recounts his stormy professional rivalries and associations in England, Europe and the United States. Phillips-Matz also untangles the threads of Puccini's complex and contradictory character. She reveals a sophisticated composer who often drew upon the exotic thematic material and an elegant cosmopolite who loved his several villas, expensive cars, boats and fine clothes. Yet Puccini remained passionately wedded to the simple life of the Tuscan countryside of his youth.

About Mary Jane Phillips-Matz

Mary Jane Phillips-Matz is the author of Rosa Ponselle: American Diva, also published by Northeastern University Press, and the highly praised Verdi: A Biography, which won the Royal Philharmonic Prize, the ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award, and the New York Governor's Award of Excellence. She served as manager of the Spoleto Festival for several years, and is a regular contributor to Opera News. She lives in New York City. William Weaver is Professor of Literature at Bard College. He is a music critic, author of several books on nineteenth-century Italian opera, and translator of many contemporary Italian writers of fiction. He won the National Book Award for his translation of Italo Calvino's Cosmicomics.

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Author : Mary Jane Phillips-Matz
Publisher : Northeastern University Press
Data Published : 03 October 2002
ISBN : 1555535305
EAN : 9781555535308
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 384 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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