Julian Budden (19242007)


Master Musicians Series

Boek (softcover)

Item no.768970
Author/ComposerJulian Budden
Scope440 pages; 15.6 × 23.4 cm
Release year2016
Publisher/ProducerOxford University Press
Producer No.OUP 9780190273989
34.80 €
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In this third edition of the classic Verdi, renowned authority Julian Budden offers a comprehensive overview of Verdi the man and the artist, tracing his ascent from humble beginnings to the status of a cultural patriarch of the new Italy, whose cause he had done much to promote, and demonstrating the gradual enlargement over the years of his artistic vision. This concise study is an accessible, insightful, and engaging summation of Verdi scholarship, acquainting the non-specialist with the personal details Verdi's life, with the operatic world in which he worked, and with his political ideas, his intellectual vision, and his powerful means of communicating them through his music.

In his survey of the music itself, Budden emphasizes the unique character of each work as well as the developing sophistication of Verdi's style. He covers all of the operas, the late religious works, the songs, and the string quartet. A glossary explains even the most obscure operatic terms current in Verdi's time.


  • Illustrations
  • Key to Sigla
  • 1 Early Life at Busseto
  • 2 Success and Failure in Milan
  • 3 The Journeyman
  • 4 Florence, London and Paris
  • 5 Return to Busseto
  • 6 Viva V.E.R.D.I.
  • 7 The New Order
  • 8 The Dark Decade
  • 9 Indian Summer
  • 10 The Last Years
  • 11 Verdi as Man and Artist
  • 12 The Background
  • 13 From Oberto to Ernani
  • Oberto, Conte di San Bonifacio, Un giorno di regno, Nabucco, I Lombardi alla prima crociata, Ernani
  • 14 The Prison Years
  • I due Foscari, Giovanna d'Arco, Alzira, Attila, Macbeth, I masnadieri, Jérusalem, Il corsaro, La battaglia di Legnano, Luisa Miller
  • 15 The High Noon
  • Stiffelio, Rigoletto, Il trovatore, La traviata
  • 16 Towards Grand Opera
  • Les vêpres siciliennes, Simon Boccanegra, Aroldo, Un ballo in maschera, La forza del destino, Don Carlos, Aida
  • 17 The Final Masterpieces
  • Otello, Falstaff
  • 18 Miscellaneous Operatic Compositions
  • 19 Chamber Compositions
  • 20 Choral and Religious Works
  • Appendices
  • A. Calendar
  • B. List of Works
  • C. Personalia
  • D. Select Bibliography
  • E. Glossary of Nineteenth-Century
  • Index