The Cambridge companion to Rossini

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Cambridge Companions to Music

Boek (softcover)

Item no.632962
EditorEmanuele Senici
Scope282 pages; 17.8 × 25.4 cm
Release year2004
Publisher/ProducerCambridge University Press
Producer No.9780521001953
41.80 €
Delivery time approx. 1–2 weeks.
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This 2004 Companion is a collection of specially commissioned essays on one of the most influential opera composers in the repertoire. The volume is divided into four parts, each exploring an important element of Rossini's life, his world, and his works: biography and reception; words and music; representative operas; and performance. Within these sections accessible chapters, written by a team of specialists, examine Rossini's life and career; the reception of his music in the nineteenth century and today; the librettos and their authors; the dramaturgy of the operas; and Rossini's non-operatic works. Additional chapters centre on key individual operas chosen for their historical importance or position in the present repertoire, and include Tancredi, Il barbiere di Siviglia, Semiramide, and Guillaume Tell. The last section, Performance, focuses on the history of Rossini's operas from the viewpoint of singing and staging, as well as the influence of editorial work on contemporary performance practice.

  • First accessible overview of Rossini, his career, and his operatic world
  • Written by a team of opera specialists, but in accessible and introductory language
  • Valuable for students and opera enthusiasts alike


  • List of illustrations
  • Notes on contributors
  • Preface and abbreviations
  • 1 Introduction: Rossini's operatic operas Emanuele Senici
  • Part I Biography and Reception:
  • 2 Rossini's life Richard Osborne
  • 3 Rossini and France Benjamin Walton
  • 4 The Rossini Renaissance Charles S Brauner
  • Part II Words and Music:
  • 5 Librettos and librettists Paulo Fabbri
  • 6 Compositional methods Philip Gossett
  • 7 The dramaturgy of the operas Marco Beghelli
  • 8 Melody and ornamentation Damien Colas
  • 9 Off the stage Richard Osborne
  • Part III Representative Operas:
  • 10 Tancredi and Semiramide Heather Hadlock
  • 11 Il barbiere di Siviglia Janet Johnson
  • 12 Guillaume Tell Cormac Newark
  • Part IV Performance:
  • 13 Singing Rossini Leonella Grasso Caprioli
  • 14 Staging Rossini Mercedes Viale Ferrero
  • 15 Editing Rossini Patricia B Brauner
  • List of works
  • Bibliography
  • Index