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Rossini by Richard Osborne

Last Years Some Problems of Approach to the Works The Early Operas I: The Early Operas ii: Heroic Comedy and the Forming of a Method Formal Mastery in the Comic Style Arrival in Naples , Elisabetta, regina d'Inghilterra, La gazzetta Il barbiere di Siviglia and the Transformation of a Tradition Otello and the Confrontation of Tragedy La Gazza Ladra and the Semiseria Style Armida and the New Romanticism A lost Masterpiece and a Forgotten Favorite: Ermione,and Ricciardo e Zoraide La Donna del Lago Back from the Shadows: Matilde di Shabran and Zelmira Il viaggio a Reims and Le Comte Ory List of works C: Richard Osborne is one of Britain's best known writers and broadcasters, and a leading authority on Rossini.

Widely praised for its scholarship and readability, the original edition of his Master Musicians Rossini was seen as an influential act of revaluation at a time of renewed interest in the composer's music and personality. A standard biography of Rossini, in the Master Musicians series much better than some of the other series on music I've read lately. The second edition is important; it is almost totally rewritten from the original book in light of new information and scholarship. The book consists of a lengthy biography, followed by discussions of each of his operas, and two final chapters on his other works.

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Oct 12, Massimo Carli rated it it was amazing. This is a real classic and a must read for anyone who, like me, loves opera and Rossini.

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In the first half the book describe the life, character and production of the great music master. In the second half Osborn analyze each of Rossini's compositions. Very pleasant in style very well researched, the book is helping me discovering a plentiful of musical treasures both in the well known masterpieces and in a number of less popular compositions. May 10, Christian rated it it was ok.


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A bit of a 'cold' biography considering the liveliness of the man in question Still an interesting read however. Joyce Lagow rated it it was amazing Apr 20, Tony rated it liked it Sep 06, Ron Kastner rated it really liked it Jul 03, I registered a book at BookCrossing. Brad Roberts rated it really liked it Sep 04, Philosopher marked it as to-read May 23, S marked it as to-read Jul 31, Paul added it Sep 04, Paul added it May 03, Brandon added it Jan 16, Judit added it Apr 08, In reality, political events and a series of debilitating illnesses were the determining factors.

After drafting the Stabat Mater in , Rossini wrote no music of consequence for the best part of twenty-five years, before the clouds lifted and he began composing again in Paris in the late s. During this glorious Indian summer of his career, he wrote songs and solo piano pieces his 'Sins of Old Age' and his final masterpiece, the Petite Messe solennelle. The image of Rossini as a gifted but feckless amateur-the witty, high-spirited bon vivant who dashed off The Barber of Seville in a mere thirteen days-persisted down the years, until the centenary of his death in inaugurated a process of re-evaluation by scholars, performers, and writers.

The original edition of Richard Osborne's pioneering and widely acclaimed Rossini redefined the life and provided detailed analyses of the complete Rossini oeuvre. Twenty years on, all Rossini's operas have been staged and recorded, a Critical Edition of his works is well advanced, and a scholarly edition of his correspondence, including previously unknown letters from Rossini to his parents, is in progress.