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Operas Every Child Should Know - Descriptions of the Text and Music of Some of the Most Famous Masterpieces Paperback – July 6, 2010

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 278 pages
  • Publisher: FQ Books (July 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003YMOAQG
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.6 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,886,256 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book about opera's is not just fit for kids but for adults too. It is aimed at an audience without prior knowledge of the subject and it's easy to read. This book was first published ih 1911 and has 5402 locations on a Kindle-device.

In this book 17 opera's are treated. The author gives a biography of the composer of the opera and then an elaborate summary of the story. This book gives you a background about a few opera's, but it can not tell you what a opera sounds and looks like. As a source of background-information to some famous opera's is it worth downloading. As a sample of this book I have copied the first few line of the summary of the story of 'The Bohemian Girl' by Balfe below.

Contents of this book:

CHAPTER
I. BALFE: THE BOHEMIAN GIRL
II. BEETHOVEN: FIDELIO
III. BERLIOZ: THE DAMNATION OF FAUST
IV. BIZET: CARMEN
V. DEKOVEN: ROBIN HOOD
VI. FLOTOW: MARTHA
VII. HUMPERDINCK: HÄNSEL AND GRETEL
VIII. MASCAGNI: CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA
IX. MEYERBEER: THE PROPHET
X. MOZART: THE MAGIC FLUTE
XI. SULLIVAN: PINAFORE
XII. VERDI: RIGOLETTO, IL TROVATORE, AÏDA
XIII. WAGNER: THE NIBELUNG RING, THE
MASTERSINGERS OF NUREMBERG,
LOHENGRIN

From 'The Bohemian Girl' by Balfe:

ACT I

Many years ago, when noblemen, warriors, gipsies, lovers, enemies and
all sorts and conditions of men fraternized without drawing very fine
distinctions except when it came to levying taxes, a company of rich
nobles met in the gardens of the Count Arnheim to go hunting together.
The Count was the Governor of Presburg, and a very popular man, except
with his inferiors.
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Sorry to say, I have not actually completed this book. The musical examples are either not included or I have not figured out how to access them on my Kindle. Therefore when the author cites an example, I am largely clueless. I have taught music for many years, but I am not familiar with most of the works discussed. Perhaps I need to give this book more time and attention, but I do caution potential readers that the title promised more than it has delivered.
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This book is free to download in amazon kindle store. I am happy to own it.
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