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Puccini manual


Giacomo Puccini's operas have been at the top of the global repertoire for more than a hundred years. Tosca, butterfly or Turandot still fascinate today, as well as the ingenuity of Puccini's cantilever invention. The handbook offers articles on all works that are embedded in contributions to the biography, the political, cultural and operatic history of Italy and the transnational influence of Puccini's work. In addition to the history of reception and current productions, the focus is on questions of the genesis of the work, the librettist, the formation of verses, forms, melodies and sounds as well as the peculiarities of musical dramaturgy and scene. For the first time, the handbook bundles the findings of international research, which has revised the version of the work and episode that was believed to be familiar.


Italy Giuseppe Verdi Opera Italian music singer

Editors and affiliations

  1. 1. Free University of BerlinBerlinGermany

About the editors

Richard Erkensdid his doctorate on Italian opera at the turn of the century at the Free University of Berlin, was a freelance music journalist and head music dramaturge as well as deputy opera director at the Lübeck Theater. He is currently a research associate at the music history department of the German Historical Institute in Rome.

Bibliographic information

  • Book TitlePuccini manual
  • Editors Richard Erkens
  • DOIhttps: //
  • Copyright InformationSpringer-Verlag GmbH Germany 2017
  • Publisher NameJ.B. Metzler, Stuttgart
  • eBook PackagesJ.B. Metzler Humanities (German Language)
  • Hardcover ISBN978-3-476-02616-3
  • eBook ISBN978-3-476-05441-8
  • Edition Number1
  • Number of PagesXLI, 452
  • Number of Illustrations15 b / w illustrations, 11 illustrations in color
  • Additional Information Joint edition with Bärenreiter-Verlag
  • TopicsMusic
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