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Franco Alfano: Transcending Turandot

Konrad Dryden

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ISBN 10: 0810869772 / ISBN 13: 9780810869776
Published by Scarecrow Press, 2009
Condition: Good Soft cover
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Title: Franco Alfano: Transcending Turandot

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

Publication Date: 2009

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Good

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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 The book includes 24 previously unpublished photos, an appendix listing the composer's opus, plot synopses of his operas, a foreword by Magda Olivero, and an index of names.


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


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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