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Author Giroud, Vincent, author.

Title The real tales of Hoffmann : origin, history, and restoration of an operatic masterpiece / Vincent Giroud and Michael Kaye ; foreword by Plácido Domingo.

Publication Info. Lanham, Maryland : Rowman & Littlefield, [2017]


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Brand Library Non-Fiction    782.1092 OFFE CON    Available
Description xvii, 565 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
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Note Chiefly essays by Michael Kaye and Vincent Giroud with additional contributions from Charlie Richards and George Loomis.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references, discography, filmography, videography, and index.
Summary Of all operas in the standard repertory, none has had a more complicated genesis and textual history than Offenbach's Tales of Hoffmann. Based on a highly successful 1851 play inspired by the short stories by the German Romantic writer E.T.A. Hoffmann, the work occupied the last decade of Offenbach's life. When he died in October 1880, the work was being rehearsed at the Opéra-Comique. At once cut and rearranged, the work was performed from the start in versions that ignored the composer's final intentions. Only a few decades ago, when previously unavailable manuscripts came to light, it became possible to reconstitute the score in its real form. Vincent Giroud and Michael Kaye's The Real Tales of Hoffmann tells the full story for the first time in English. After discussing how the work of Hoffmann became known and influential in France, the book includes little-known sources for the opera, especially the complete Barbier and Carré play, in French and English. It describes the genesis of the opera. The annotated libretto is published in full, with the variants, for the two versions of the opera: with spoken dialogue or recitatives. Essays explain what was done to the opera after Offenbach's death, from the 1881 Opéra-Comique production to more recent restoration attempts. There is also a survey of Les contes d'Hoffmann in performance from the 1970s to the present, and supplementary information, including discography, filmography, and videography.-- [Publisher description].
Subject Offenbach, Jacques, 1819-1880. Contes d'Hoffmann.
Hoffmann, E. T. A. (Ernst Theodor Amadeus), 1776-1822.
Added Author Kaye, Michael, 1948- author.
Domingo, Plácido, 1941- writer of foreword.
Container of (work): Barbier, Jules, 1825-1901. Contes d'Hoffmann (Play)
Container of (expression): Barbier, Jules, 1825-1901. Contes d'Hoffmann (Play). English
Container of (work): Barbier, Jules, 1825-1901. Contes d'Hoffmann (Libretto)
Container of (expression): Barbier, Jules, 1825-1901. Contes d'Hoffmann (Libretto). English
ISBN 9781442260832 (hardcover alkaline paper)
1442260831 (hardcover alkaline paper)
9781442260849 (paperback)
144226084X (paperback)
Standard No. 40027281830

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