The Verdi Companion

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William Weaver, Martin Chusid
W.W. Norton, 1988 - Biography & Autobiography - 366 pages
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In opera houses throughout the world, Verdi's works are performed more often than those of any other single composer. New productions proliferate, new editions are in preparation, and scholars are addressing themselves to the study of his life and work as never before. It was in this enthusiastic climate that The Verdi Companion was born. Book jacket.

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About the author (1988)

William Weaver was born on July 24, 1923. During World War II, he joined the American Field Service and was sent to Africa and then to Italy as an ambulance driver. As a senior at Princeton University, he had a short story published in Harper's Bazaar. After graduation, he taught at the University of Virginia for a year before returning to Italy. He was a translator of modern Italian literature into English. He translated the works of numerous authors including Italo Calvino, Umberto Eco, Giorgio Bassani and Primo Levi. He also studied opera and wrote several books on the subject including The Golden Century of Italian Opera from Rossini to Puccini. He taught at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York in the 1990s. He died on November 12, 2013 at the age of 90.

Chusid is professor of music at New York University and director of the American Institute for Verdi Studies.

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