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Franco Alfano: Transcending Turandot (Paperback)
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Franco Alfano: Transcending Turandot (Paperback)

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Paperback 238 Pages / Published: 01/09/2009
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This is the first fully documented biography of the Italian composer Franco Alfano (1875-1954), who is most-known for completing Giacomo Puccini's Turandot after Puccini's death. The book includes 24 previously unpublished photos, an appendix listing the composer's opus, plot synopses of his operas, a foreword by Magda Olivero, and an index of names.

Publisher: Scarecrow Press
ISBN: 9780810869776
Number of pages: 238
Weight: 390 g
Dimensions: 230 x 155 x 14 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Dryden chronicles the composer's vain attempts to recapture the attention of his publisher, Emil Hertzka of Universal Edition, as well as his unsavory attempts to curry favor with Mussolini. Dryden's chief achievement lies in his advocacy of a neglected compose, one who "arguably represents the best of Italy's post-Puccini contemporaries." * Opera News *
The book is a good case for Alfano's music and gives a detailed discussion of his operas....Dryden retain his objectivity in his descriptions of the composer and his work and that makes the book enjoyable to read. * Opera Nederland *
Recommended. * CHOICE *
For anyone interested in the Italian music scene of the 20th century, Dryden's...excellent title will likely become the definitive word on the subject for the foreseeable future, as there has been precious little available in English about Alfano. * Library Journal *

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