Puccini's operatic works came to dominated the opera houses of the world. Operas like Madam Butterfly, Tosca and Tarandot have consistently captivated audiences and have indeed become a part of international culture. Puccini's musical mastery of dramaturgy, his technical finesse, and his talent for composing lyrical melodies are chiefly undisputed yet, unlike Mozart, Wagner, and Verdi, he has been denied the stature of a supreme musical dramatist.
Professor Carner's classic study examines this seemingly contradictory phenomena with thoroughness and an enlightened insight. His study includes appraisals of Puccini's life and works. Part I ('The Man') of the study gives the facts of the composers stormy life, quoting extensively from Puccini's own letters. Part II ('The Artist') calls on modern psychology to assess Puccini's personality and the latent symbolism of his work to unravel the mainsprings of his inventiveness and his limitations. Part III, ('The Work') is a detailed guide to each opera in terms of music and libretto.
BOOK CONDITION : : 1992, 3rd Edition; red cloth hardback with original dustjacket; 576 pages with b/w plates, musical examples, catalogue of works, and full index of names; in near Fine/Very Good Condition: only a hint of shelfwear to the cloth and covers; gilded titling intact and bright; a handful of pages have very tiny creases to the very far top corner edge; inside pages with minor toning to the whites of the pages which are otherwise in very good shape; binding strong and compact like new. DJ Condition : VG : Bookseller Inventory 001736