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Seven Verdi Librettos (English and Italian Edition) Paperback – October 17, 1977


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  • Paperback: 533 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1st edition (October 17, 1977)
  • Language: English, Italian
  • ISBN-10: 0393008525
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393008524
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 0.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #821,779 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Luxie P. on June 14, 2000
W W Norton has been for many a year the staple of music students and teachers everywhere. Their classical scores are clear, and easy to follow. It would, therefore, be odd if their libretti didn't match their usually high standards of excellence. This one, obviously, did. The translations are clear, yet poetic, and still easy to follow. A completely worthwhile buy.
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The seven operas translated in this book are: Rigoletto; Il Trovatore; La Traviata; Un ballo in maschera; Aida; Otello and Falstaff.

A music student or opera buff will be handsomely rewarded by the quality of Mr. Weaver's translations; they are faithful to the original Italian, yet flow smoothly in the English of our present day. Boïto's libretti for OTELLO and FALSTAFF are particularly difficult to translate into English, given their source: William Shakespeare's English of 1500's England; yet Weaver succeeds.

Weaver's book is published in soft-cover, approximately 7 x 9 inches, making it easily portable. By contrast, Nico Castel's comprehensive translations are also excellent, but they are published in expensive hard-bound, 10 x 12 inch volumes.

Bravo Signore Weaver! Riposa in pace.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Arnona Weiler on December 18, 2013
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Would have preferred the book to be a hard cover one with bigger letters
Purchased it to polish my Italian
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