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Life of Rossini (Oneworld Classics)

ISBN13: 9781847490568
ISBN: 1847490565
Binding: Paperback
List Price: $23.95
Publisher: Oneworld Classics
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Pages: 600
Average Goodreads rating: 3.89/5

Rossini’s popularity in Italy in the early 1820s was certainly not echoed in France, where he was regarded as “an ill-bred parvenu, whose cheap popularity was an insult to a great musical tradition.” Stendhal, always an obstinate individualist, was the first of his contemporaries to recognize the genius of this important Italian composer. Details of Rossini’s early life are followed by penetrating discussions of the operas, libretti, personalities of the period, and Rossini’s own character. Besides being a fascinating account of the Italian composer’s most creative years, and of contemporary musical events and opinions—this work is one of the finest items in the Stendhalian literary canon. Richard Coe’s elegant revised translation and careful annotations do full justice to the incandescent strength of Stendhal’s prose style.