VERDI THE OPERAS AND CHORAL WORKS
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After describing the chaotic milieu in which Verdi learned his craft, the book provides act-by-actanalyses of the early masterpieces Nabucco, Ernani, and < i>Macbeth. The neglected operas from the composer's self-described “years in the galleys” are covered together. Lederer then takes readers through the magnificent sequence of Verdi operas from Luisa Miller onward, including the fine but underrated Stiffelio.Each of the late operas – Don Carlo, Aida, and O tello and Falstaff, the twin Shakespearean masterworks that crown Verdi's oeuvre – is discussed at length in its own chapter. Lederer also examines Verdi's monumental Requiem along with the choral Quattro pezzi sacri, Verdi's sublime final achievement. The book comes with a Naxos CD of musical selections representing highlights from throughout Verdi's long, remarkable career.