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  • Great Operas of Pucciniby Michael Steen

    Original Writing 2016; US$ 11.00

    This compendium of short guides to all twelve Puccini?s operas is part of the author?s series A Short Guide to a Great Opera. Puccini?s highly-charged music provides an unforgettable experience for those enjoying it socially, in an opera-house or cinema, or at home on TV, radio etc. He has been the largest contributor to the hundred best tunes,... more...

  • Alban Berg?s Wozzeckby Michael Steen

    Original Writing 2014; US$ 6.70

    Alban Berg?s Wozzeck, one of the most important operas of twentieth century music, was premiered in Berlin in 1925. It was conducted by Erich Kleiber (father of the conductor Carlos Kleiber). The language of music is atonal, but more accessible than Schoenberg, Berg and Webern?s serial music. Alma Mahler helped Berg with finance. The expressionist,... more...

  • Bachby Michael Steen

    Icon Books Ltd 2014; US$ 1.44

    Welcome to The Independent’s new ebook series The Great Composers, covering fourteen of the giants of Western classical music. Extracted from Michael Steen’s book The Lives and Times of the Great Composers, these concise guides, selected by The Independent’s editorial team, explore the lives of composers as diverse as Mozart and Puccini,... more...

  • Beethovenby Michael Steen

    Icon Books Ltd 2014; US$ 1.44

    Welcome to The Independent’s new ebook series The Great Composers, covering fourteen of the giants of Western classical music. Extracted from Michael Steen’s book The Lives and Times of the Great Composers, these concise guides, selected by The Independent’s editorial team, explore the lives of composers as diverse as Mozart and Puccini,... more...

  • Beethoven?s Fidelioby Michael Steen

    Original Writing 2014; US$ 6.70

    Beethoven?s opera Fidelio, for Mahler ?the opera of operas?, celebrated the ostensible ideals of the French Revolution and of the dramatist Schiller, who maintained that tragic art should represent morality resisting suffering. Fidelio?s Prisoners? chorus and its story portray liberation from darkness into light. With the Moonlight and Pathétique... more...

  • Bizet's Carmenby Michael Steen

    Icon Books Ltd 2013; US$ 2.90

    The Paris audience in 1875 was shocked by the sexually explicit realism of Bizet’s exotic operatic masterpiece, its ‘verismo’ depiction of low life and brutal passion. But since the disastrous première - a sensational failure which hastened Bizet’s premature death - it has been the greatest operatic success. It led to... more...

  • Bizet?s The Pearl Fishers - Les Pêcheurs de Perlesby Michael Steen

    Original Writing 2014; US$ 6.70

    Bizet had completed his studies. Prodigiously talented, young, wild, opinionated, he was considered ?too big for his boots?. Les Pêcheurs de Perles, premièred in September, 1863 (twelve years before Carmen), was his first opera commission and is particularly remembered for the duet Au fond du temple saint. Set in Ceylon (Sri Lanka), it is full of... more...

  • Brahmsby Michael Steen

    Icon Books Ltd 2014; US$ 1.44

    Welcome to The Independent’s new ebook series The Great Composers, covering fourteen of the giants of Western classical music. Extracted from Michael Steen’s book The Lives and Times of the Great Composers, these concise guides, selected by The Independent’s editorial team, explore the lives of composers as diverse as Mozart and Puccini,... more...

  • Britten's Peter Grimesby Michael Steen

    Icon Books Ltd 2012; US$ 2.90

    Britten’s opera Peter Grimes is based on George Crabbe’s horrifying poem The Borough about early 19th century Aldeburgh, a North Sea fishing town in East Anglia. Its premiere at Sadlers Wells in 1945, shortly after VE Day, was a landmark moment in British operatic history. Britten’s partner Peter Pears - like Britten a pacifist and... more...

  • Britten?s The Rape of Lucretiaby Michael Steen

    Original Writing 2014; US$ 6.70

    Short Guides to Great Operas are concise, entertaining, and easy-to-read books about opera. They are packed with useful information and informed opinion, helping to make you a truly knowledgeable opera-goer, and so maximising your enjoyment of a great musical experience. more...