Puccini Without Excuses (Paperback)

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Item: 9781400077786

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Puccini Without Excuses: A Refreshing Reassessment of the World’s Most Popular Composer (Paperback)
By William Berger

Puccini is the most beloved composer of opera in the world. But, although Puccini’s art still captivates audiences and the popularity of such works as Tosca, La Bohéme, and Madama Butterfly has never waned, he has long been a victim of critical snobbery and cultural marginalization.

In this witty and informative guide for beginners and fans alike, William Berger sets the record straight, reclaiming Puccini as a serious artist. Combining his trademark irreverent humor with passionate enthusiasm, Berger strikes just the right balance of introductory information and thought-provoking analysis. He includes a biography, discussions of each opera, a glossary, fun facts and anecdotes – and above all, keen insight into Puccini’s enduring power. 

For anyone who loves Puccini or for anyone who just wonders what all the fuss is about, Puccini Without Excuses is funny, challenging, and always a pleasure to read.

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group (November 8, 2005)
  • Dimensions: 5” W x 8” H
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • 480 pages
  • Size: 5 x 8"


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