The Book of World-famous Libretti: The Musical Theater from 1598 to Today
In this handsome and invaluable book, James Fuld, author of The Book of World-Famous Music, examines the libretti of 167 works of musical theater. For each opera, operetta, or musical comedy libretto, he supplies a facsimile of the title page (see opposite) and, facing, all the relevant facts that can be gleaned from a close study of the original publication. In addition to a description of the physical properties of each libretto, you will find, for example, the date and place of the first performance, the names of the singers who created the roles, the original publisher of the score, and the libraries in which copies of the work in question may be found. Opera lovers will browse in it with delight, and scholars consult it with profit. Andrew Porter
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Arthur Sullivan Back cover adv back cover blank Berlin Bibliothèque Nationale Blank leaf blind-stamp Carlo Chusid copyright claim Copyright records cover is blue D-brd Dramma Giocoso dust jacket English F Pn CDC Faust Felice Romani four acts French Front cover GB Lbl German Giacomo Giacomo Puccini Giovanni Ricordi Giuseppe Verdi H.M.S. Pinafore Half tide Inside back cover Iolanthe Italian legal claims legal notices Leipzig Library of Congress librettist libretto was published lists London Manon Melodramma Michel Levy Freres Milan Mozart names Night G&S NYfuld opera original singers including original Theater Performed Dec Performed Jan Performed March Personaggi Personen Personnages piano-vocal score Pirates of Penzance plate number Princess Ida printer Richard Strauss Ruddigore scenes Sept Teatro alia Scala Text and Music Text Music three acts Tide page Tito di Gio variant Venice Verso adv Vienna W.S. Gilbert Wc CDC York